Problematic Software Licenses
There's a piece of software called "acc" I'd like to package up and
possibly include in Debian (along with some other tools that complement
it, and are under seperate, DSFG-free licenses, so they're not an
issue), but the included licenses are problematic at best. I've attached
them below. The problem is that the first license is pretty obviously
complete bunk, because it sounds like a purchased program, not a piece
of source code released to the public. The second license seems to be
less restrictive, but it's pretty vague at the same time. I already
received one opinion that it's pretty much impossible to include this
with Debian because of the first license, but I'm wondering if anybody
has any advice on if this is the sort of issue that we could "dance
around", though I'm guessing it's not. Barring that, is there any way of
including this in Debian without receiving a new license from Raven?
I've already attempted to contact them with no luck.
The original downloads came from http://www2.ravensoft.com/source/, but
the package I'm interested in is a heavily modified version of it.
Thanks in advance.
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this is set up for a watcom makefile. it should not be difficult to convert for VC, or whatever.
This is not supported software. But i might be able to a tech question here and there.