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Re: EULAs and the DFSG



Mark Rafn <dagon@dagon.net>:

> > Suppose you want to force people to publish the source when they use
> > the software to drive a publicly accessible web server.
> 
> I think it would be unfree, and probably even undistributable by Debian in
> non-free (we're not going to require an EULA to receive a package from a
> mirror).

It looks to me like a possible case of being free but not
distributable by Debian: because anyone distributing it would have to
make people agree to the EULA, which would mean you couldn't just put
it on an ftp server or hand out CDs that contain it.

> This is the main problem with such a desire.  If it's not doable with a
> pure copyright license, DFSG 7 is gonna be a problem.  "The rights
> attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is
> redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by
> those parties."

Perhaps I don't properly understand the intention of DFSG 7, but in my
hypothetical case anyone to whom the program is redistributed would
already have agreed to the EULA, so there is no need for execution of
an additional licence, and everyone who has the program has the same
rights. How would this be incompatible with DFSG 7?

Edmund



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