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Re: Bug#247427: ITP: elfsign -- ELF binary signing and verification utilities

On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 12:24:00PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> The original Artistic license is not appropriate for licensing
> anything that is not approximately perl, because of the way it is
> worded. It is a terrible license. Do not use it. It's also highly
> questionable as to whether things licensed under it can be included in
> Debian, given the prohibitions on commercial distribution. Please ask
> upstream to replace it with the Clarified Artistic license (or some
> other free software license) before this is included in Debian.

Oh bleh. Why the hell does DFSG #10 specifically mention it then?
Interestingly the DFSG links to the Artistic licence at
whereas http://www.debian.org/intro/free links to it at

I've already asked upstream to change it from:

elfsign is property of Uninformed Research and is freely distributable under
the conditions that:

1) Modification of the code retains credit to the original author(s)
2) The authors may not be blamed for any damages incurred from the use of
this software.

to the Artistic licence, after specifically directing him to 


If the official line isn't what's on the website, we really should get it
fixed up.



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