Re: Bug#551026: ITP: xcite -- exciting cite utility for Emacsen
Upstream author provides new license.
This program is distributed as a free software. You can
use/copy/modify/redistribute this software freely but with NO
warranty to anything as a result of using this software.
How is it?
>>>>> On Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:06:46 -0500
>>>>> firstname.lastname@example.org(Peter Samuelson) said:
> [TANIGUCHI Takaki]
> > * "free software" satisfies
> > "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. "
> "([R]e-)distributable without any charge for itself" implies, or may
> imply, that I cannot put xcite on a CD with other Debian software and
> sell the CD for profit. The author possibly intended that I can, but
> the statement is too ambiguous.
> The author also does not give permission to distribute modified
> versions. You might think this is implied ... but not necessarily.
> In particular this was a problem with Pine; the license looked as
> though perhaps we could distribute modified versions, but upstream
> didn't think they had said that.
> "[U]nless the author(=me)'s copyrights are infringed" makes the clause
> fairly meaningless, because the whole point of a copyright license is
> to grant rights that would otherwise infringe the author's copyrights.
> It is a bit like saying "You may steal things from stores except where
> prohibited by law".
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谷口 貴紀 (TANIGUCHI Takaki) firstname.lastname@example.org