Re: License ok? Opinion needed.
On Jul 31, Mike Goldman wrote:
> Need a legal opinion on the following license. I assume #9 causes this
> to be classifiable as "non-free" (pity, though) -- the only other
> concern I had was whether #8 posed any sort of problem for our including
> software under this license in Debian.
> 9. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS. The SOFTWARE and documentation are
> provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use duplication, or disclosure by
> the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph
> (c)(1)(ii) of The Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software clause
> in DFARS 252.227-7013, or subparagraphs (c)(i) and (2) of the Commercial
> Computer Software -- Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable.
> Manufacturer is [Company name and address].
I suspect this is boilerplate language that got included by their
lawyers' "build yourself a software license in 12 easy steps" software
:-). Having said that, the restrictions referred to are probably
provisions of U.S. law rather than ones imposed by the copyright
holder. I suspect the legal effect is similar to the "export
restrictions" clauses in licenses, as it simply restates existing law
(and is unenforceable outside the U.S.) rather than imposing
additional restrictions on the user.
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