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Fwd: Bug#120759: jove doesn't seem to have an free license.



Hi.

I got this bug-report today.

Does debian-legal share the opinion of Peter Makholm?

Cord

Please Cc 120759@bugs.debian.org on answers.

----- Forwarded message from Peter Makholm <peter@makholm.net> -----

X-Envelope-To: <debian@cord.de>
Subject: Bug#120759: jove doesn't seem to have an free license.
Reply-To: Peter Makholm <peter@makholm.net>, 120759@bugs.debian.org
To: submit@bugs.debian.org
From: Peter Makholm <peter@makholm.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 15:56:08 +0100

Package: jove
Version: 4.16.0.52-1
Severity: serious

The license for jove does not comply to DFSG. In the jove package the
following copyright notice is found:

=== /usr/share/doc/jove/copyright
This package was debianized by Cord Beermann debian@cord.de on
Sun, 17 Dec 2000 14:36:36 +0100.

It was downloaded from ftp://ftp.cs.toronto.edu/cs/ftp/pub/hugh/jove-dev/

Copyright:

########################################################################
# This program is Copyright (C) 1986-1999 by Jonathan Payne.  JOVE is  #
# provided to you without charge, and with no warranty.  You may give  #
# away copies of JOVE, including sources, provided that this notice is #
# included in all the files.                                           #
########################################################################
===

The does not comply to Debian Free Software Guidelines. Free Software
should explicitly allow modifications to the program which tha above
copyright doesn't do. This breaks DFSG clause 3.

Jove should be removes from the main section af the archieve and put
into non-free. Author could proberly be convinced that he should use a
better license instead maybe the 2-clause BSD license
(http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-license.html) 

-- 
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og svarer lidt undskyldende: "Nej, jeg bruger RedHat".
                                -- Allan Olesen på dk.edb.system.unix


----- End forwarded message -----

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