Latex Project Public License
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I am the current maintainer for the package revtex, which is a collection of
LaTeX style files to be used in manuscripts submitted for publication in the
journals published by the American Physical Society. The license of the
upstream version 3.1, which makes the current revtex package, prohibits
taking money for the distribution or use of the files except for a nominal
charge for copying, etc. It makes the upstream version 3.1 inelegible for
Recently, version 4 of the upstream product has been released, under the
Latex Project Public License (http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.html).
My question for debian-legal is: Does the Latex Project Public License satisfy
the Debian Free Software Guidelines?
My understanding is that in general it does not, due to the clause
"You may not modify in any way a file of The Program that bears a legal
notice forbidding modification of that file," but revtex's upstream version 4
can still be considered as free since none of its files bears such a notice.
Am I right?
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