Re: Is this a free license?
Thomas Bushnell, BSG <email@example.com> writes:
> Qmail says "you may not copy this if you do X, Y, or Z with it".
I must be missing something obvious, since I don't see anything on:
that says that. Quite to the contrary, it explicitly states:
| You may distribute copies of qmail-1.03.tar.gz, with MD5 checksum
There are no conditions placed on that grant of permission.
The remainder of the page discusses the requirements for distribution of
modified versions. Distributing the tarball, patches, and a script to
compile them is not distribution of a modified version.
On <http://cr.yp.to/softwarelaw.html>, Dan states explicitly:
| Note that, since it's not copyright infringement for you to apply a
| patch, it's also not copyright infringement for someone to give you a
So Dan certainly appears to believe that one can distribute the qmail
source code along with a patch to that code and a script to compile it,
based on his statements on his web pages. That puts me back to trying to
understand why I should believe one of you over the other.
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>