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Re: Cheops-ng: DFSG free or non-free?

On Fri, Jan 23, 2004 at 07:43:44PM +0100, Wesley W. Terpstra wrote:
> He includes adns (GPL) in the source tarball; so, that's that.
> This means that they themselves are not allowed to distribute the program
> too, correct? Since they are violating the terms of adns's copyright?

If it's a combined work, and not mere aggregation, then yes (more
specifically, they can't distribute binaries).

> > Third, (and this is uncertain legal territory) the work is licensed under
> > the GPL, since the GPL explicitly delimits the "terms and conditions" in its
> > text, and the additional requirements in the cited COPYING file are not
> > legally binding, but are merely a request.
> I take it that this is insufficient grounds for inclusion in main?
> (Due to the uncertainty?)

If it was true, then we shouldn't be using it: it's clearly against the
author's wishes, even if legal.  (I don't buy this at all, though.)

Glenn Maynard

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