Re: Bug#140103: ITP: alliance -- VLSI CAD system
Andreas Bombe <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 01, 2002 at 05:54:08PM -0800, Walter Landry wrote:
> > In any case, they could write their own license which is basically the
> > GPL with this added restriction. That might even be DFSG-free, though
> > the use restriction makes it annoying. It would also be incompatible
> > with anything else under the GPL.
> It wouldn't be DFSG free, since the advertising is required for
> commercial users (violates DFSG 6, no discrimination against fields of
The license seems to say that it is required for all users, not just
commercial ones. In any case, I'm not convinced that it would be
DFSG-free. I just can't think of any reason it wouldn't be.
> > Phrasing it as a request would be much more polite, and wouldn't
> > require surgery on the GPL. I don't know exactly what this software
> > does, but they could also have the software insert the phrase into the
> > output, much like Latex2HTML does.
> This is software to design hardware. So it is quite unclear how that
> requirement should be fulfilled.
> Mention in the docs? In advertisement? On the chip package? On the
I was thinking that it would go onto whatever the output of the
program is. Presumably that is then turned into a chip. The notice
would then end up on the die.
This wouldn't inform the end-user, but it would inform anyone who is
modifying the design. You're right, though, in that it is probably
not what the authors would like.
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