On Sat, 14 Dec 2002 01:51:59 -0500 email@example.com (Steven Barker) wrote: > I'd like the advice of this list as to whether data under that license > would be DFSG free. I think the license is a pretty straightforward > copyleft, though at least the translated version has some unclear > language. I'm especially uncomfortable about part 7, which I don't > really understand, and part 8, which, if it's enforcable could be very > awkward for people who are unfamilliar with the laws of France. I don't believe part 7 is saying anything additional to what copyright law already says; the original author still holds the copyright, even if you got the data from friend who got the data from a sister who got the data from an aunt who got the data from the original author. Part 8, I'm sure, will cause problems - it has in the past, but I can't remember in what context; it may just be that some zealots made some hubub a while back that. I don't really recall. However, Part 2.1 is a serious concern. "You have the right to copy this work of art of your personal use, for your friends or any other person, by employing whatever technique you choose." Reading the original French, this is an accurate translation. As far as I know (and other more knowledgable people should comment), this goes against DSFG #6, "No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor". The license seems to prohibit copies for non-personal use. I didn't look much further than this, so I may have missed other things.
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