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Re: Bug#508249: ITP: libio-pager-perl -- pipe output to a pager if destination is a TTY

On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 19:21:18 +0000 brian m. carlson wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 11:19:42AM +0200, Damyan Ivanov wrote:
> >* Package name    : libio-pager-perl
> >  Version         : 0.05
> >  Upstream Author : Jerrad Pierce <jpierce@cpan.org>
> >* URL             : http://search.cpan.org/dist/IO-Pager/
> >* License         : other
> > - Thou shalt not claim ownership of unmodified materials.
> > - Thou shalt not claim whole ownership of modified materials.
> > - Thou shalt grant the indemnity of the provider of materials.
> This may be a problem.  I know in the past, clauses requiring
> indemnification were not allowed.  CCing debian-legal for discussion.
> Please follow up there.
> > - Thou shalt use and dispense freely without other restrictions.

If those four "Thou shalt" sentences are the whole license text, I see
other issues.

There's no clear permission to distribute (DFSG#1): if "dispense" may
be assumed to mean "distribute", the fourth sentence sounds like an
obligation, rather than like a grant of permission.
Am I *compelled* to use and distribute libio-pager-perl?!?

There's no clear permission to modify and distribute modified versions

Moreover, the license text does not seem to be drafted in a legally
sound manner...

Is this package planned to be uploaded to main or contrib?
Or is it meant for the non-free archive?

As usual, my disclaimers apply: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.

P.S.: why are we refraining from Cc:ing the bug address?

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