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Re: Bug#603711: ITP: ga -- Global Arrays Toolkit



On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:44:45 +0000 brian m. carlson wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 06:35:30PM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:
[...]
> >  - Other than as used herein, neither the name Battelle Memorial Institute
> >    or Battelle may be used in any form whatsoever without the express
> >    written consent of Battelle.
> 
> I've CC'd debian-legal because of this last provision.  It seems to
> restrict the ability to refer to the Battelle Memorial Institute in
> unrelated matters.  For example, it would forbid me from writing a blog
> entry stating that Battelle is a non-profit headquartered in Columbus,
> Ohio, US.  This is a reasonable (and otherwise legal) use of that name
> that this license pretends to restrict.

I get the same impression.
Hence, I agree that the above-quoted clause seems to be troublesome.

I would strongly recommend upstream to adopt a well-known Free Software
license. The one which seems to be closest to the current license is
the 3-clause BSD license: http://www.debian.org/misc/bsd.license


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