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Re: license question



On Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:49:53PM +0100, Michael Zehrer wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> is the following license ok with the DFSG? If not, what should be
> changed/added?
> 
> Michael
> 
> ---
> 
> /*////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
> Copyright (c) 1994-2000 Yutaka Sato and ETL,AIST,MITI
> Copyright (c) 2001-2002 National Institute of Advanced Industrial
> Science and Technology (AIST)
> 
> Permission to use this material for evaluation, copy this material for
> your own use, and distribute the copies via publically accessible
> on-line
> media, without fee, is hereby granted provided that the above copyright
> notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.
> AIST MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR SUITABILITY OF THIS
> MATERIAL FOR ANY PURPOSE.  IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS
> OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES.
> ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////*/
> 
> ---
> 
> 
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(Note: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD).

DFSG 1: The license does not allow distribution in any form
except online downloads.  No CDs, no non-public distribution
etc.

DFSG 2: The license does not explicitly allow distribution of
compiled versions.

DFSG 3: The license does not allow modification and derived
works, and does not allow them to be distributed at all.

DFSG 4: The license does not fall under this exception from DFSG
3.

DFSG 6: The license discriminates against any use other than
Evaluation.  No serious use permitted.

This is almost as far from DFSG compliance as it gets.  It
barely satisfies the requirements for the non-free section.

When a license says it permits use for evaluation, it typically
means, that the same software is also available under a
different license for real use, typically a non-free,
pay-per-user license.

Sincerely


Jakob Bohm.

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