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Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?



reopen 181493 !
thanks

For the debian-legal people, this is the controversy at hand:

Sun RPC code is included as part of glibc. The license, which is
included below, prohibits distribution of the original code under its
original terms, which would make the license non-free. Including
non-free code into otherwise free code does not make the code free, IMO.


		Copyright (C) 1984, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

          Sun RPC is a product of Sun Microsystems, Inc. and is
          provided for unrestricted use provided that this legend is
          included on all tape media and as a part of the software
          program in whole or part.  Users may copy or modify Sun RPC
          without charge, but are not authorized to license or
          distribute it to anyone else except as part of a product or
          program developed by the user.

          SUN RPC IS PROVIDED AS IS WITH NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND
          INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF DESIGN, MERCHANTIBILITY AND
          FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ARISING FROM A COURSE OF
          DEALING, USAGE OR TRADE PRACTICE.

          Sun RPC is provided with no support and without any
          obligation on the part of Sun Microsystems, Inc. to assist in
          its use, correction, modification or enhancement.

          SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC. SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT
          TO THE INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHTS, TRADE SECRETS OR ANY
          PATENTS BY SUN RPC OR ANY PART THEREOF.

          In no event will Sun Microsystems, Inc. be liable for any
          lost revenue or profits or other special, indirect and
          consequential damages, even if Sun has been advised of the
          possibility of such damages.


I'd like an opinion. M-F-T is set appropriately.


On Sun, Aug 17, 2003 at 08:48:04PM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> This is an automatic notification regarding your Bug report
> #181493: glibc: Sun RPC code is non-free,
> which was filed against the glibc package.
> 
> It has been closed by one of the developers, namely
> GOTO Masanori <gotom@debian.or.jp>.
> 
> Their explanation is attached below.  If this explanation is
> unsatisfactory and you have not received a better one in a separate
> message then please contact the developer, by replying to this email.

This explanation is unsatisfactory. I think that the Sun RPC code is
non-free, and I want an opinion from debian-legal.

> At Mon, 18 Aug 2003 02:28:48 +1000,
> Anthony Towns wrote:
> > This bug should be closed.
> 
> OK, I've closed now.
> 
> Regards,
> -- gotom

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