On Sun, Mar 09, 2003 at 10:42:18PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote: [...] > > > Q: What about licenses that grant different rights to different groups? > > > Isn't that discrimination, banned by DFSG#5/6? > > > A: For Debian's purposes, if all the different groups can exercise their > > > DFSG rights, it's OK if there are other people who can do more. > > > For example, if a work were licensed under the 3-clause BSD license > > > only to elementary school teachers, but the GPL to everyone else, it > > > would be DFSG-Free. [...] > Note that the limits you're placing in your example (group x can have > this license, group y can have this license) mean that neither the > 3-clause BSD nor the GPL is actually in effect -- you've modified both > licenses by limiting who's eligible. I'm not sure if this makes it > non-free; if the license is worded such that a teacher receiving the > source under the BSD license can't redistribute modifications under the > BSD license to *non*-teachers, then it's certainly non-free. An excellent point. -- G. Branden Robinson | Imagination was given man to Debian GNU/Linux | compensate for what he is not, and email@example.com | a sense of humor to console him for http://people.debian.org/~branden/ | what he is.
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