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Re: DFSG vs Pine's legal notices: where exactly is the gotcha?

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:

> That's outrageous.  UWash was going to sue the FSF for infringment of an
> BSD-style license when it's plainly obvious that no infringement was
> taking place?

No, they argued that there was infringement.

> Oh, I remember this.  The sophists at UWash claim that:
> "Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> documentation for any purpose and without fee to the University of
> Washington is hereby granted,"
> does not mean that you can modify and then distribute.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the UWash lawyers were right about
the way these clauses are understood by the courts; it sucks, but
there it is.  They didn't create the distinction, they just decided to
use it.

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