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

On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 12:03:47AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Sven <luther@dpt-info.u-strasbg.fr> writes:
> > My feeling is that it is DFSG non free, or at least that we
> > interpret the DFSG as such, it even seemed strange to me this bit
> > about aggregation, which seem meaningless if you interpret it so,
> > and i ask myself why it was put there, and for what useage.
> Ah, such questions are in the bowels of history.  Probably it's best
> to chalk it up to a mistaken conception of what freeness needs to
> include, and one that we can harmlessly fix.

Actually, I think it is meant to strengthen the clause, not weaken it.
Some packages come with licenses that restrict what other software it
can be bundled with.  For example, a license might specify that if
a package is distributed on CD, then all the other software on that
CD must be free.  DFSG#1 forbids such a restriction.

Richard Braakman

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