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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.