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Re: Bug#262951: ITP: winex-installer -- This package will download and build TransGaming winex.

Peter Eisentraut <peter_e@gmx.net> writes:

> Andrew Saunders wrote:
>> Yes. TransGaming asked us not to
>> (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2002/05/msg02463.html). In
>> accordance with their wishes, the developer in question decided to
>> retract his ITP.
>> Andreas, please reconsider this ITP.
> Where will free software end up if people create derived works and then 
> threaten (more or less) to stop development or invent new measures 
> against free distribution if someone redistributes it or otherwise 
> makes use of the rights granted to them?

If that is not what wine developers wanted to happen, they should not
have chosen to originally release wine under the BSD license.

The (L)GPL would have of course prevented this from happening, which I
assume is why they later relicensed wine under the LGPL.

> Why shouldn't Debian users have convenient access to winex?  Some Debian 
> users probably contributed to the software that winex was originally 
> based on, so it's only their right, as part of the whole free software 
> deal, that they can access derived works as they see fit.

They have no such right (at least legally) for works licensed under the
BSD license.

You win again, gravity!

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