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Licensing woes


I've found a program that I would like to package for Debian, but the
license to it was too restrictive. Now the author has changed the
license, to one derived from the Artistic license, but I would like to
check here whether it is free enough, since I'm a bit concerned about
point 6 of the license.

Please see the attached file.

(Please Cc: me, I do not subscribe to this list, yet)
peter - http://www.softwolves.pp.se/

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P.S. For release 1.1.1, I decided to have the license more flexible
and ... more professional, as a result of email-s from ibiblio Linux
archive (Northern Carolina, USA) and Peter Karlsson (Sweden). As you
probably noticed, this is only a slightly modified "Artistic License".
Now you are free in distributing the application, provided that you
do not charge for the application itself and its maintenance. Also,
the requirements on modification are not as strict as before.
I expect that many developers will find my 'accomodations' reasonable.
Your comments are welcomed. Michael.

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