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Re: EULAs and the DFSG

On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 08:04:29PM +0000, Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS wrote:
> 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.

I think this effect is sufficient evidence for such a program not being free.

> 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?

If you look at it that way, then the need to get people to agree to
the EULA is a restriction on distribution, which fails DFSG 1.

Richard Braakman

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