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Re: license requirements for a book to be in free section

On Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 05:29:38PM -0600, Colin Watson wrote:
> > since selling is only needed to be permitted in an aggregate form.
> That's an interesting point. Does that mean that the following licence
> is DFSG-free?
>   This software is Copyright (C) 1991-2000 by Wayne Davison. 
>   Portions Copyright (C) by Clifford A. Adams, Stan Barber, Larry Wall,
>   and others.  All rights reserved.
>   Permission is hereby granted to copy, reproduce, redistribute or
>   otherwise use this software as long as:  there is no monetary profit
>   gained specifically from the use or reproduction of this software, it
>   is not sold, rented, traded or otherwise marketed, and this copyright
>   notice is included prominently in any copy made.  Software bundlers
>   who include trn among other diverse applications are exempt from this
>   restriction, as long as the distribution includes trn's source code
>   (including this license).
>   The authors make no claims as to the fitness or correctness of this
>   software for any use whatsoever, and it is provided as is. Any use of
>   this software is at the user's own risk.
> It *feels* non-free, but technically it allows people to sell the
> software as part of an aggregate distribution as demanded by DFSG#1, and
> it doesn't seem to breach the other points. Does this signal that it
> should be in main, that there's a deficiency in the DFSG, that there's a
> deficiency in my understanding, or something else?

That doesn't only restrict selling it, it restrict using it ("no
monetary profit gained specifically from the use ... of this software.")

Doesn't permission to modify need to be given explicitely, too?

Glenn Maynard

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