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Re: ITP: xengine

Hello all and thanks for many comments on this issue.

From: Remco Blaakmeer <remco-blaakmeer@quicknet.nl>
Subject: Re: ITP: xengine
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 01:27:44 +0200 (CEST)

> Yes, he (and only he) can determine that. And he writes down exactly what
> is allowed and this document is called "license".

I can understand your point and agree with you. However I
think there remains a little question. 

If the copyright explicitly contradicts with DFSG then it is
evident it should go into non-free section.

But how is it if the copyright contains no explicit contradiction
with DFSG but only insufficient statement, that is, there is some
ambiguities and the author gives the permission to distribute
under DFSG.

It seems to me that some members accept this and I also
think it can be acceptable.

> Alternatively, you could ask the author to change the license to the GPL. 

Of course as a maintainer of Debian JP (not of Debian yet :-)
I understand this well but there are many authors and so
there may be as many opinions about licenses.

Generally speaking, there are some who think GPL as standard
but also others who does not even if they permit the distribution
under DFSG.

> I believe you think the author has good intentions and wants his program
> to be included in Debian. If this is true, it should not be difficult to
> persuade him to change the license.

Yes, in the case of xengine, perhaps "Muto san" (means "Mr. Muto"
in Japanese) is making great efforts to persuade the author
and I hope the copyright will be changed.

Thanks in advance,		1999.6.3

 Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
 Atsuhito Kohda <kohda@pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp>
 Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.

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