Re: PDFlib license clarification request
Steve Langasek (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> 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
Ah, of course. You're right. Well, non-free it is.
Ardo van Rangelrooij
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