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Re: `MIT-scsh': May it go in the main distribution?

On Wed, 6 May 1998, Bill Leach wrote:

> I would suggest that this one is very close but still misses...
> On Wed, May 06, 1998 at 06:41:14PM -0700, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:
> [snip]
> >    Use of this program for non-commercial purposes is permitted provided
> > that such use is acknowledged both in the software itself and in
> > accompanying documentation.
> > 
> >    Use of this program for commercial purposes is also permitted, but
> > only if, in addition to the acknowledgement required for
> > non-commercial users, written notification of such use is provided by
> > the commercial user to the authors prior to the fabrication and
> > distribution of the resulting software.
> > 
> >  This software is provided ``as is'' without express or implied warranty.
> [snip]
> The 'sore spot' I believe is the requirement to provide written notification
> prior to commercial use (though it in fact does not seem to actually 
> be requiring specific permission for commercial use.

Well, this seems to be an interesting case. It imposes a restriction on
use for commercial purposes, instead of the usual restriction on comercial
distribution. And then the only requirement is that a notification is sent
by the user to the authors. No permission or even an acknowledgement from
the authors is required, so one e-mai message might be sufficient.

This particular restriction is imposed on the user, not on the
distrubutor. Is this DFSG-compatible?

Another issue is this: modification is not at all explicitly allowed,
which IMHO makes the program incompatible with the DFSG.

BTW: what IS MIT-scsh?


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