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Re: IRAF package license

On Mon, May 10, 2004 at 03:59:01AM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Justin Pryzby <justinpryzby@users.sourceforge.net>
> > 'Under new guidelines from the National Science Foundation, this NCAR
> > software package is copyrighted and, therefore, not in the public domain.
> > Distribution by NCAR does not include the right of the recipient or user
> > to redistribute this software or to copy this software, except for one
> > copy for archival purposes only.
> Oops. Very non-free, and, as it stands, not even distributable.
> > Seems to me like I should write to UCAR, no?
> Hm, couldn't hurt, but the text quoted here does not indicate that
> they would be friendly towards releasing the software under a free
> license. If you can get a Debian-specific permission to distribute,
> it could go into non-free.
I'll mail them today.  The UCAR/NCAR routines are:

	"Copyright (C) 1986 by UCAR"

and the LZW compression routine algorithm, which will be allowed in
Debian main shortly has: 

	        Date of Patent: Dec. 10, 1985

Are the UCAR routines copyright of the type that will expire (this


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