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

Scripsit Bob Hilliard <hilliard@debian.org>

>      I think the intent of Section 1, and the consensus of
> debian-legal, would be expressed by the addition of the phrase in
> brackets: 

>      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

My assumption has always been that the current wording was selected
explicitly to allow programs whose licence said "you cannot take
money for copies of this program alone, but you can take money
for an aggregation". Such a license is of course silly because it can
be loopholed simply by aggregating with a perl oneliner, but that
very argument also shows that *in practise* such programs can safely
be considered free.

Henning Makholm                         "Al lykken er i ét ord: Overvægtig!"

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