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Re: Bug#551026: ITP: xcite -- exciting cite utility for Emacsen

* TANIGUCHI Takaki <takaki@asis.media-as.org>, 2009-10-15, 11:35:
* Package name    : xcite
 Version         : 1.58
 Upstream Author : HIROSE Yuuji [yuuji@gentei.org]
* URL or Web page : http://www.gentei.org/~yuuji/software/
* License         : original

   This  software  is distributed as  a free  software  without any
   warranty to anything  as a result  of using this.  Especially, I
   am not responsible for the case when you cite your friend's mail
   with a silly citation prefix in a serious situation :)

   * Can I incorporate this program into Debian package?


Upstream's agreement neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for a piece of software to be included in Debian. First of all, it needs to have a clear, DFSG-free license attached...

   This  "Yes"  is  NOT  a  special answer  only  for  Debian.
   My  recognition  on  `free  software'  is  not  the  permanently
   constant  notion.  Therefore  I won't  define the  fixed license
sentences at any moment of my life.

...which upstream refuses to provide.

   All I can say now is I hope
   the free  software be; freely  usable, freely (re-)distributable
   without  any charge  for  itself, freely  modifiable unless  the
   original  author(=me)'s copyrights  are infringed  or neglected,
   absolutely not responsible to  any result from itself.  If there
   is A  license clauses which  implies these points above  in some
   era, this  software can  be classified into  the group  that the
   clauses want to assume as `free'.

This wording is far too vague. Please bug upstream to use a well-known license.

Jakub Wilk

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