Re: LaTeX Project Public License
On Thu, Feb 25, 1999 at 06:10:52PM -0600, John Hasler wrote:
> >From the LPPL:
> * You rename the file before you make any changes to it, unless the
> file explicitly says that renaming is not required. Any such changed
> files should be distributed under conditions that ensure that those
> files, and any files derived from them, will never be redistributed
> under the names used by the original files in the distribution of
> The Program.
> I see no way to comply with this. How can I possibly guarantee that
> someone downstream from me will not change the name back?
[I have yet read the LPPL in depth, so please correct me.]
My impression is this: The LPPL says something along the lines of:
You can distribute unchanged files with no restriction. If you want to
distribute a modified file, you have to change the name. Feel free to
choose any license for this modified file, as long as this license
requires that a licensee won't distribute the file or an derived work
under the original name.
There's probably more in the LPPL than this, but this requirement
sound reasonable. Something like public domain (perhaps I miss some
important restrictions here), only that they want to protect the name
of the original work.
Let's say you modified latex.tex. You distribute the modified file as
natex.tex, and include a license that says: "You are free to use,
modify and distribute this file with the only restriction that you
don't call it latex.tex under a license of your choice. Make sure that
your license doesn't includes requirements that ensure that those
files, and any files derived from them, will never be redistributed
under the name latex.tex."
IMHO that should suffice, won't it ?