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Handwaving licence

How DFSG-free is an email from the author saying the following?

> Please feel free to distribute it any way you want.
> However, it would be nice if you could leave a reference to my
> web site and email.

The source tarball contains no copyright notices whatsoever. I'd like to
package this, but suspect that the author's indistinct permission given
above doesn't make the software free.

Does anyone have any advice for this situation?

The software's site is: http://www.compound.se/ibod.html

Paul Martin <pm@zetnet.net> (work)
  <pm@nowster.zetnet.co.uk> (home)
    <pm@debian.org> (Debian stuff)

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