Re: license requirements for a book to be in free section
Richard Braakman <email@example.com> writes:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 12:03:47AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > 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.
I think the intent of Section 1, and the consensus of
debian-legal, would be expressed by the addition of the phrase in
The license a Debian component may not restrict any party
from selling or giving away the software [either alone or]
as a component of an aggregate software distribution
containing programs from several different sources. The
license may not require a royalty or other fee for such
This would require discussion and a formal proposal, which I am
not prepared to make at this time.
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