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gnuplot license

       Copyright (C) 1986 - 1993, 1998 Thomas Williams, Colin Kelley

 Permission to use, copy, and distribute this software and its
 documentation for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted,
 provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and
 that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear
 in supporting documentation. 

 Permission to modify the software is granted, but not the right to
 distribute the complete modified source code.  Modifications are to
 be distributed as patches to the released version.  Permission to
 distribute  binaries  produced   by  compiling  modified  sources  is
 provided you
   1. distribute the corresponding source modifications from the
    released  version in  the  form of  a  patch file  along with  the
   2. add special version identification to distinguish your version
    in addition to the base release version number,
   3. provide your name and address as the primary contact for the
    support of your modified version, and
   4. retain our contact information in regard to use of the base
 Permission  to distribute  the released  version of  the  source code
 with corresponding source  modifications in the form of  a patch file
 granted with same provisions 2 through 4 for binary distributions. 

 This software is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty
 to the extent permitted by applicable law. 

Is the license of gnuplot compatible with the DFSG ? 

Another point, regarding the name and the licensing :


1.3 Does gnuplot have anything to do with the FSF and the GNU project? 

Gnuplot  is neither  written  nor maintained  by  the FSF.  It is  not
covered  by  the  General  Public  License,  either.  It  used  to  be
distributed  by the FSF,  however, due  to licensing  issues it  is no

Gnuplot  is freeware  in the  sense  that you  don't have  to pay  for
it. However it is not freeware  in the sense that you would be allowed
to distribute a  modified version of your gnuplot  freely. Please read
and accept the Copyright file in your distribution. 

What is your opinion about that ? 



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