Re: ipw2100 firmware distributable?
Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
Sebastian Ley said on Mon, May 31, 2004 at 02:11:22PM +0200,:
> If they refuse to change or clarify the license, what would you
> think of getting a special permission for distributing it in
> debian? They have given it before (see my first post). What would I
> have to take care of?
Cannot be included, not even in non-free, IMHO. Will violate DFSG #8.
Right: If something needs special permission, it is non-free and can at
most go into non-free. But since non-free is not part of debian (the
distribution), special permission only for distributing it *in* debian
would be useless in any case. (But that is likely not what was meant.)
An alternative licence (if need be, specific to debian (the project) and
its mirrors) to distribute and re-distribute, without confidentiality
and export restriction clauses, may allow it into non-free (depending on
the concrete licence).
For simplicity (and reduced non-freeness), they might as well grant a
public licence to everybody to distribute "as-is".
IANAL, IANADD, IJRDL, *and* I am new to this list...