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Re: mixmaster license



On Tue, May 09, 2000 at 07:22:59AM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Tue, 9 May 2000, Peter Palfrader wrote:
> 
> >...
> > One part that I don't like about the new license[1] is the following
> > paragraph (1.b.iii):
> > 
> >     [you may modify and distribute the source only iff you]
> >        provide Anonymizer Inc. with a copy of the Source Code of
> >        such modifications or work by electronic mail, and grant
> >        Anonymizer Inc. a perpetual, royalty-free license to use and
> >        distribute the modifications or work in its products.
> > 
> > Am I correct to assume that this would make the package go into
> > non-free?
> 
> I think this is DFSG-free and can go to main.

I don't.  WHat if Anonymizer Inc. goes out of business?  All of a sudden
everyone loses the right to modify and distribute the source code.

Perhaps we need to add some notes to the DFSG explaining why clauses like
the above are unacceptable.

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