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Re: ITP: tmake



> Christoph Baumann schrieb:
> > tmake license:
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >                        License Statement for tmake
> > 
> > Copyright (C) 1996-2000 by Trolltech AS.  All rights reserved.
> > 
> > Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> > documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided
> 				    ~~~~~~~~~~~
> If this means "you are not allowed to charge for anything
> containing this" it would conflict with DFSG §1.
> 
> If it means that you never have to pay licence fees it's OK.

Well, I'm not a lawyer either, but I am a native English speaker, and it's my
opinion that this _cannot_ mean "you are not allowed to charge for anything
containing this", nor should we question it -- doing so will just set a
precedent for future lawyers to screw up the English language.

"to", "this", "for" and "without" are prepositions, and they delimit the
prepositional phrases "to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and
its documentation", "for any purpose" and "without fee".

Simplifying the sentence, we have:

"Permission is granted to use copy, modify, and distribute this
software and its documentation."
"Permission is granted for any purpose."
"Permission is granted without fee."

DFSG-compliant.

BTW, I almost have tmake completely packaged, so don't bother packaging it.

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