Re: pdflib again
On Tuesday, 2003-04-01 at 11:43:36 AM (-0500), Branden Robinson wrote:
> Royalty-free use
> * PDFlib Lite can be used for free if you are an open source
> developer. This means that you must disclose the full source code
> of your project, and make it available under an OSI-approved open
> source license (see www.opensource.org). Note that "full source
> code" includes all components of the project, not only those which
> are directly attached to PDFlib Lite.
> * PDFlib Lite can be used for free if you are a private user.
> * PDFlib Lite can be used for free if you are a research user.
> All other uses not mentioned here require a commercial license.
> Restrictions on use violate DFSG 5 or 6; this one violates both, arguably,
> based on what you do and who you are.
I cannot see the difference to the GPL. The GPL requires that every
program that is linked against a GPLed library must be licensed as GPL.
PDFlib lite requires that every program that is linked against PDFlib
lite must be OSS (OSI approved) *or* you must be a private or research
user. This is *or* but not *and* in my opinion. Don't you agree? What
exactly makes PDFlib lite non-free?
4. You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program
except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt
otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is
void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this
... that's the GPL.
Torsten Werner +49 162 3123004