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Re: Is this a free license?

Jim Penny <jpenny@debian.org> writes:

> 1)  it appears not to allow modification of the file.  The only
> operation permitted is "extraction".

Both Sam Hartman and I agreed that while modification might not be
permitted, distribution of patch files for the purpose of effective
modification *is* easily possible for any program that reads the
file.  So this is not a problem for distributing the verbatim file in

> 2)  while "extraction" is permitted, no explicit right to redistribute
> the extracted (derived) information is granted.

You can *use* the extracted information in "documentation or
programs", and I think in context it's clear that this use is intended
to allow even Microsoft to distribute the program without license, and
certainly therefore a free program.

> Note:  I have no interest in whether DSFG compatible programs can be
> created using this data.  Clearly, they can.  Is a file under this
> license, or a file mechanically derived from such a file DSFG free?

In the case of the Unicode data file, yes.  There is no need to decide
such a question in a hypothetical case.


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