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Re: Would this comply with DFSG?

Henning Makholm writes:
> I just got a possibly better idea: how about something along the
> lines of (informal language here, to be made more explicit if it works):

> a) you can distribute your modified version under this licence if
>   you send us a patch for your modification.

> b) if you do not want to send us patches you may distribute your
>   modified version under GPL, in which case this licence does not
>   cover your modified version or its descendants.

That would be fine.  The Debian version would be under the GPL, but as we
provide pristine sources Debian users would still have the opportunity to
choose your license.

> The question is whether Debian would distribute it under the original
> licence at all, then.

It would go in non-free and thus not be put on CD's.

> Or more precisely: would Debian policy *allow* a Debian developer to
> choose to put the original licence in /usr/doc/foobar/copyright and then
> send that silly email upstream when and if she has any changes?

Yes, as long as the package went in non-free (Your email requirement would
apply to Debian users as as the maintainer, of course).
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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