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Re: is the license of gsview okay?

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001, David Starner wrote:

>On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 10:18:45AM +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
>> I am interested in gsview which is famous in Windows users
>> and a kind of ghostview or gv.  But I am not sure if its license
>> permits us to upload to Debian or not.
>Why do you want to package it? It's not like it fills a need that
>can't be filled with free software.
>> GSview is copyright by Ghostgum Software Pty Ltd.
>> GSview is distributed with the Aladdin Free Public Licence.
>> This licence is contained in the file /usr/share/doc/gsview/LICENCE
>Fine for non-free.
>> pstoedit is Copyright by Wolfgang Glunz and is licensed with
>> the GNU Public Licence (GPL).  Binaries are included in
>> GSview with the permission of Wolfgang Glunz.
>Fine. (GPL is fine as long as it's not linked with non-GPL. This
>is a seperate binary, so it's all right.)
>> GSview uses pstotext in an external DLL. pstotext was written by
>> Andrew Birrell and Paul McJones.  It is
>>   Copyright (C) 1995-1996, Digital Equipment Corporation.
>> See the licence in pstotext.txt or pstotext.zip for more details.
>>         (3) The Software may not be transferred to any third party
>> unless such third party receives a copy of this Agreement and agrees
>> to be bound by all of its terms and conditions.
>This is the only part that seems non-free. If I read this right, it's
>a restriction on distribution Debian can't satisfy even in non-free; we
>would have to make sure anyone we distributed to agreed before we gave
>them a copy.

locutus:/usr/src# dpkg -s pstotext
Package: pstotext
Status: unknown ok not-installed
Priority: optional
Section: text

Looks like there may be an issue with the current maintainer, looks like
it's already in main.


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