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Re: FYI: Zope Public License 1.1 vague, contradictory, and not DFSG-free

* Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> [010905 16:21]:
> I continue to feel that this license is dangerously vague, and I
> reiterate my offer to work with the Zope Corporation, or Digital
> Creations, or whoever is in charge of it to clean it up, if Gregor is
> agreeable to that proposal.  Since it's his package I think it's only
> correct if I regard him as the proper liaison with upstream.

Zope Corporation is the company formerly known as Digital Creations,
they're the copyright holders of Zope and ZPL.

During the last years, I had several discussions with them over the
license. From several sources I learned that they planned to modify the
license of Zope, either to some completely different, well-known free
license, or to a new version of the ZPL with major modifications. ZPL
1.1 seems to be an interim version in order to reflect their name

A few months ago, there were long and enduring discussions of the ZPL
(primarily wrt. GPL compatibility) on the Zope mailing lists, and IIRC,
they also hit the Debian lists.

As I alread said, I tried to moderate a contact between RMS and the
people in charge at DC. I haven't get any reaction to that, though.

Branden, if you're willing to lobby ZC into cleaning up the ZPL, you're
very welcome. If you can wait for one or two days, I might send you
copies of the discussions that I had on that topic. I'm simply lacking
the time to work with them currently. As a preparation, please feel free
to consult the archives of zope@zope.org, debian-legal and debian-python
for traces of the ZPL license discussions.


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