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MusiXTeX's license


I would like to revisit the issue of the Debian package "musixtex"
again.  It is currently in non-free.

Copyright:  (from musixdoc.dvi, MusiXTeX User's Manual, p.2)
  Although one of the authors contested that point once the common work had
  begun, MusiXTeX may be freely copied, duplicated and used.  However, since
  it is intended to be a _freeware_ you are not allowed to sell it, and the
  fee you may ask for distributing it must be limited to maintenance,
  support and duplication costs. You may take parts of it to include in
  other packages, but no packages called MusiXTeX may be distributed under
  this name if different from the original distribution (except obvious bug
  corrections or text font adaptations for specific implementations).

  MusiXTeX may be included in further commercial packages, provided that no
  fee is charged for MusiXTeX itself.

I contacted the author Daniel Taupin <taupin@lps.u-psud.fr>
a long time ago, who clarified some issues, but seemed reluctant
to change the wording of the license.  At the time, I sent him a rather
long-winded e-mail, but my wordiness definitely didn't help.

It was placed in contrib for some time, but was moved into non-free
when Debian 2.0 was released.

If any of you have time and are willing to contact Daniel directly,
that would be wonderful, as I don't have time (final exams + Debian
Chinese) and don't have much diplomacy skills either.  Thanks a
million!  :-)


Anthony Fok Tung-Ling                Civil and Environmental Engineering
foka@ualberta.ca, foka@debian.org    University of Alberta, Canada
anthony_fok@catholic.org             Keep smiling!  *^_^*
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