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Re: Bug#20914: seyon package copyright (fwd)

On Mon, 4 May 1998, Raul Miller wrote:

> Steve McIntyre <stevem@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
> > I'm happy that we can work with this license, as we distribute diffs.
> > Thomas thinks otherwise. Thoughts?
> This license conflicts with point 3 of DFSG.  We can't distribute
> modified versions under the same terms as the original.
I understand your concern here, but there is no restriction against
distributing modified binary, only modified source.

It seems to me that we have accepted non-modified source as DFSG compliant
as long as modified binaries are not restricted.

The license makes specific statements about what you can do (as well as
what you can,t) and yet does not explicitly declare modified binaries to
be acceptable. Is this what is bothering you too, Raul?

I tend to be as flexible as possible when reading such documents, which is
not always the way to arrive at the "legal" requirements.

I would be happier if the author made it clear what the rules are for
modified binary distribution. If there is clarification of this issue, I
don't have any difficulty viewing the license as DFSG compliant.


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