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Re: License



On Tue, Jan 28, 2003 at 06:50:17PM +0100, Daniel Bonniot wrote:

> What can we do with the www.distributedfolding.org software, which is 
> under this license (http://www.distributedfolding.org/license.html):

> /*****************************************************************************
> --  TRAjectory Directed Ensemble Sampling (TRADES)
> --
> --  Author: Howard J. Feldman, Christopher W.V. Hogue
> --  June 7, 1999
> --
> --  Hogue Lab - University of Toronto Biochemistry Department
> --  Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
> --
> --  Copyright Notice:
> --
> --  Copyright ©1999. Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. All Rights
> --  Reserved. 
> --
> --  Disclaimer:
> --
> --  Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> --  documentation for educational, research, and not-for-profit purposes,
> --  without fee and without a signed licensing agreement, is hereby granted,
> --  provided that the above copyright notice, this paragraph and the
> --  following three paragraphs appear in all copies, modifications, and
> --  distributions.
> --
> --  Contact Terry Donaghue, The Office of Technology Transfer & Industrial
> --  Liaison, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Canada,
> --  (416) 586-8225, for commercial licensing opportunities. 
> --  
> --  IN NO EVENT SHALL MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR
> --  DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
> --  INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS
> --  DOCUMENTATION, EVEN IF MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
> --  POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. 
> --
> --  MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
> --  MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE SOFTWARE AND
> --  ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTATION, IF ANY, PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS PROVIDED "AS
> --  IS". MOUNT SINAI  HOSPITAL  HAS NO OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCE,
> --  SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.
> --
> --
> **************************************************************************/

> So the software is clearly not DSFG compliant, but distribution is 
> authorized not-for-profit. Could it go in non-free?

Yes, if Debian and its mirrors can legally distribute it, it can go in
non-free.

> As a second hypothesis, we could write an installer for this software (a 
> small package that would download the software on the user's machine 
> during pre-inst, and install it). What section could it go to then? 
> Contrib?
> Would there be something mandatory to do, like displaying the license, 
> asking the user if he accepts it, ...?

What's the value of having it in contrib instead of in non-free?  That
sounds like a subterfuge to me.

-- 
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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