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Re: Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?

On Sat, 23 Aug 2003, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com>
>>> 		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.
> Does it even allow Debian's mirror operators to redistribute Debian
> if Sun RPC is included? Assume the mirror operator never develop any
> programs himself.

I was concerned about that as well. I think it would be ok if they
were acting as an agent of Debian, but unoficial mirrors might be SOL.
[But then again, I am not a lawyer, so cum grano solis.]

Don Armstrong

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
 -- Aesop


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