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Re: Apple's APSL 2.0 " Debian Free Software Guidelines"-compliant?

Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 07:08:11 +0100 Lewis Jardine wrote:
>>3: Does applying a Free term to a subset of people discriminate
>>against them?
> I'm undecided about this.
> My first feeling is that it would still be a discrimination.
> Why do some people get more rights just by belonging to a group, or by
> living in a particular place?
> Imagine the following:
> "You can redistribute this work and/or modify it under the terms of the
> GNU General Public License, version 2, as published by the Free Software
> Foundation.
> As en exception, if you are a king, you can redistribute and/or modify
> it under the terms of the X11 license."
> This seems unfair.
> But, OTOH, the copyright holder could distribute the work under the GPL
> to one person and then distribute the same work under the X11 license to
> a different person (and even distribute the same work under a
> proprietary license to a third person).
> This is perfectly fine (the copyright holder has the right to relicense
> as she likes) and it wouldn't undermine the freeness of the
> free-licensed versions.
> So, I don't know...
> What do you think?

As long as the license is Free for all recipients, and the license does
not attempt to restrict the use of the versions to _only_ those groups
(for example, "Only $GROUP may use this under the GPL; others may not,
even if they get a copy from someone in that group"), then the license
is Free.  See also section 12e of the DFSG FAQ at
http://people.debian.org/~bap/dfsg-faq.html .

- Josh Triplett

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