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Re: Berkeley DB curious licensing practice


On Mon, Oct 28, 2002 at 10:03:58AM -0500, Bennett Todd wrote:
>    Examples of redistribution include:
> 	[...]
>      * Building an application that you install on your company's
>        servers in data centers around the world.
> I.e. your right to use Berkeley DB for free for in-house projects is
> cancelled, and you're obliged to pay them, if your in-house project
> spans multiple physical sites within your company.

the DFSG demands that the license must allow free redistribution
and use, ignorant of any specific circumstances. That's imho
covered by clause 6 of the rules.

> My gut feeling is that this is discriminatory in intent, it doesn't
> have the flavour of DFSG, but I can't quite find anything explicit
> to use to say that this should be grounds for moving Berkeley DB
> into non-free.

Imho Berkeley DB now violates clause 6 of the DFSG.


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