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Internet Society's RFC license: DFSG-free or not?

reopen 92810

On Mon, Sep 03, 2001 at 02:03:14PM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
>    * Bogus report: Copyright is clearly DFSG-free: "This document
>      and translations of it may be copied and furnished to others,
>      and derivative works that comment on or otherwise explain it or
>      assist in its implementation may be prepared, copied, published and
>      distributed, in whole or in part, without restriction of any kind,
>      provided that the above copyright notice and this paragraph are
>      included on all such copies and derivative works." (closes:Bug#92810)
>      Don't waste my time with nonsense, Branden!

Don't waste my time with your ignorance of the DFSG.  Re-read the
initial report.

The above license fails DFSG 3, since it only permits certain kinds of
derived works.  This could be construed to violate DFSG 6 as well.

  Derived Works

  The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow
  them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the
  original software.

  No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

  The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a
  specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program
  from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

G. Branden Robinson                |    Any man who does not realize that
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    he is half an animal is only half a
branden@debian.org                 |    man.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    -- Thornton Wilder

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