Re: [Trn-announce] Trn's license (fwd)
begin Colin Watson quotation:
> Does this new license comply with the DFSG? It doesn't *explicitly*
> allow derived works, but nor does it prohibit them; I'm rather
> inclined to think this is covered under "otherwise use". I also
> think that it gets by section 1, where it previously failed due to
> the restriction on charging a fee for reproduction. Am I mistaken?
> ----- Forwarded message from Wayne Davison <email@example.com> -----
> Index: LICENSE
> @@ -0,0 +1,16 @@
> +This software is Copyright (C) 1991-2000 by Wayne Davison.
> +Portions Copyright (C) by Clifford A. Adams, Stan Barber, Larry Wall,
> +and others. All rights reserved.
> +Permission is hereby granted to copy, reproduce, redistribute or
> +otherwise use this software as long as: there is no monetary profit
> +gained specifically from the use or reproduction of this software, it
> +is not sold, rented, traded or otherwise marketed, and this copyright
> +notice is included prominently in any copy made. Software bundlers
> +who include trn among other diverse applications are exempt from this
> +restriction, as long as the distribution includes trn's source code
> +(including this license).
> +The authors make no claims as to the fitness or correctness of this
> +software for any use whatsoever, and it is provided as is. Any use of
> +this software is at the user's own risk.
While the Software Bundlers clause would specifically allow it
to be included as part of a distribution of free and non-free
software, it still fails DFSG #6.
By requiring that no monetary profit be made from the program,
the license restricts the manner in which the user may use it.
This is something that many people don't understand. They
often hear flames about certain licenses being "anti-commercial", but
in fact all free software licenses must (by definition) permit
commerce as one of the many uses for the software.
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