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Is LaTeX Project Public License free?


I'd like to get a word on the DFSG status of the LPPL.  There is a
package in Incoming that uses that license and I'd like to know its
status before I either accept or reject it.  (Note that many parts of
tetex are now under LPPL too.)

I've read the archives and there seems to be no consensus as of yet.

I've attached the version that comes with the problem package;
there is a new version at
http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/base/lppl.txt .

The LaTeX Project Public License
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