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Crack license, is it free?

(please CC: since I'm not in the list)

I understand that crack's [1] license (adjointed) is free, however, I'm
surprised its not in Debian yet (whileas john is). I just wanted to check
before packaging it (there's an ITP #82613 but it's almost 2 years ago),
since it sounds DFSG-compatible to me.



A search in debian-legal regarding 'crack' brings nothing useful except
the informaion that both  Wichert [2] and Knghtbrds [3] seem to have a
crack pipe somewhere :)

[1] http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~crypto/download/c50-faq.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2000/debian-legal-200007/msg00059.html


Throughout the entire history of the Crack software, the author has
been employed (apart from occasional periods of unemployment) by a
selection of academic institutions and companies, none of whom have
ever dedicated any resources to the development of the software, nor
have endorsed the development of the software in any other way.

None of these institutions and companies bear any responsibility
whatsoever for the software, including (but not restricted to)
responsibility for its existence, structure, content, function or use
by any person anywhere.


The author would like to take this opportunity to thank those freeware
authors who have made indirect but positive contributions to the
development of Crack, notably:

* Michael Glad (UFC) and Eric Young (libdes/SSLeay) for developments
in the field of high-speed cryptographic implementation which have
provided core functionality for Crack since 1991,

* The Free Software Foundation for EMACS, GCC, and a variety of other
essential software development tools,

* Larry Wall for Perl (of which I cannot speak highly enough), and...

* Linus Torvalds and all other contributors to the Linux project,
which has provided the operating system upon which Crack has been
developed for the last few years.

The author would also like to thank Paul Leyland for the suggestion of
several ideas key to the new release of the software, notably DAWG
dictionary compression and dictionary handling techniques.


This document is freely plagiarised from the 'Artistic Licence',
distributed as part of the Perl v4.0 kit by Larry Wall, which is
available from most major archive sites

This documents purpose is to state the conditions under which this
Package (See definition below) viz: The "Crack" Password Cracker, which
is copyright Alec David Edward Muffett, may be copied, such that the
Copyright Holder maintains some semblance of artistic control over the
development of the package, while giving the users of the package the
right to use and distribute the Package in a more-or-less customary
fashion, plus the right to make reasonable modifications.



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Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through
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"Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been modified,
or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright

"Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights
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"You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this

"Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis of
media cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on.
(You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but
only to the computing community at large as a market that must bear the

"Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the item itself,
though there may be fees involved in handling the item.  It also means
that recipients of the item may redistribute it under the same
conditions they received it.

1.  You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of the
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