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Re: Bug#181493: Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?



On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 03:10:35PM -0400, Joe Drew wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-08-25 at 14:26, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:03:13AM -0400, Joe Drew wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2003-08-24 at 17:03, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > > On Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 11:39:51AM -0700, Jeff Bailey wrote:
> > > > > We also have essentially the same license with ttf-bitstream-vera.
> > > > 
> > > > IMO, that isn't Free Software, either.
> > > 
> > > There are no practical restrictions on its freedom; I fail to see how it
> > > isn't free software.
> > 
> > Sure there are.  If my neighbor asks me for a copy of it, I burn it to a
> > CD-R, and ask him for a quarter to recoup the cost of the blank CD-R,
> > I've just violated the license.
> 
> That's why you include on the CD the following shell script, echo.sh:
> 
> #!/bin/sh
> echo $*
> 
> Then you are selling echo.sh plus bitstream vera fonts, which is not a
> violation of the license.

This is not different in principle from requiring me to include a
licensed adjunct piece of code.  What if that adjunct is under the GNU
GPL?  How about the Sun RPC license?  How about the Microsoft EULA?

I stand by my claim that such a requirement is unfree.  I don't
particularly care if you don't feel it's onerous enough to matter.  A
USD 0.0001 tax (one-hundreth of one cent) payable to Bitstream for each
copy of Bitstream Vera so distributed wouldn't be regarded as "onerous"
by most courts, either.

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |    Build a fire for a man, and he'll
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