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Re: PDFlib license clarification request



On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 10:24:38PM -0500, Ardo van Rangelrooij wrote:

> I'm ITP'ing PDFlib which has an "Aladdin Free Public License".  The
> full text is available from 

>   http://www.pdflib.com/pdflib/aladdin-license.pdf

> which in short and non-legal terms comes down to

>  - you may develop free software with PDFlib, provided you make all of your
>    own source code publicly available
>  - you may develop software for your own use with PDFlib as long as you don't
>    sell it
>  - you may redistribute PDFlib non-commercially
>  - you may redistribute PDFlib on digital media for a fee if the complete
>    contents of the media are freely redistributable.

> I'm not so sure about the last two items.  They smell like non-free to me.

> I also intend to package the Perl module PDFlib (Debian poackage will be
> called 'libpdflib-perl') which has the same license as Perl itself.  This
> one has to go in contrib if PDFlib goes in non-free.

> The module Apache::AxKit::Language::AxPoint of the AxKit package and Perl
> module XML::Handler::AxPoint are dependent on that Perl module.  Am I right
> in thinking these latter two also have to go in contrib then?

I'm familiar with its license terms because we use it at work -- PDFLib
is definitely non-free.  Even point 2 of the license (you may develop..
as long as you don't sell it) violates the DFSG.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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