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Re: Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?

On Fri, 22 Aug 2003, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> 		Copyright (C) 1984, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
>           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.

I'm personally concerned about this particular phrase, as it seems to
preclude Debian from distributing software with Sun RPC in it unless
Debian itself is developing the product or program using Sun RPC.

This in effect, violates DFSG #7 and #1, as evidenced below: 

A distributes a program developed by A based on Sun RPC to B.

B cannot turn around distribute the program to C unless they repackage
it as a product or program developed by B.

B does not have the same rights to distribute Sun RPC as A does. (#7)
Nor, in fact, can B distribute Sun RPC without repackaging it (#1).

I'd hope that Sun meant something else by this clause, or that it's
been cleaned up, but I'm not totally certain about it.

Don Armstrong

She was alot like starbucks.
IE, generic and expensive.
 -- hugh macleod http://www.gapingvoid.com/batch3.htm


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