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Re: Bug#181493: SUN RPC code is DFSG-free

On Mon, 25 Aug 2003, Andreas Barth wrote:
> So, this license is specific to be used only as "part of a product or
> programm". 

You're missing the key phrase on which Branden's argument (and mine)
is based on: 'developed by the user'

This phrase read conservatively (eg. reserving the rights not
specifically granted by the license to the copyright holder) indicates
that those who do not develop a product or a program containing SunRPC
do not have permision to license or distribute SunRPC code.

If someone can dig up where Sun clarifies the meaning of the license
to mean MIT/X11+not alone, (or better, just MIT/X11) that would
indicate that Sun was merely sloppy on the wording of the license.

Furthermore, as a slight nitpick, the 'part of a product or program
developed by the user' only applies to distribution or licensing, not
modification, copying, or use.

Don Armstrong

"There's no problem so large it can't be solved by killing the user
off, deleting their files, closing their account and reporting their
REAL earnings to the IRS."
 -- The B.O.F.H..


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