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Re: Bug#181969: ITP: jasper -- Image library for the JPEG-2000 Part 1 Standard

Scripsit "Brian M. Carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx>

> > D.  User agrees that it shall not commence any action against Image Power,
> > Inc., the University of British Columbia, Michael David Adams, or any
> > other contributors (collectively "Licensors") for infringement of any
> > intellectual property rights ("IPR") held by the User in respect of any
> > technology that User owns or has a right to license or sublicense and
> > which is an element required in order to claim compliance with ISO/IEC
> > 15444-1 (i.e., JPEG-2000 Part 1).
[yadda yadda yadda]

> This is probably non-free.

I'm not completely sure I agree here - it seems that it restricts
itself to self-defense against IPR attacks on an open standard.
However, the line is thin, and there's probably not a detailed
consensus about where to draw it in this particular area.

> > F.  This software is for use only in hardware or software products that
> > are compliant with ISO/IEC 15444-1 (i.e., JPEG-2000 Part 1).  No license
> > or right to this Software is granted for products that do not comply
> > with ISO/IEC 15444-1.  The JPEG-2000 Part 1 standard can be purchased
> > from the ISO.

> This is *definitely* non-free.

Agreed. So luckily we don't need any detailed flamewar over which
degree of anti-patent self-defense we allow a license to include.

And to Eric: This clause is non-free because it restricts
modifications. It does not allow modifications that change the code to
work with another format than jpeg. The DFSG requires the right to
make modifications, and does not permit any [1] restrictions on this

[1] Except certain restrictions for the purpose of preventing modified
    versions from being falsely represented as being the work of the
    original author, which we do traditionally accept as free.

Henning Makholm                         "Al lykken er i ét ord: Overvægtig!"

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