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Re: Please pass judgement on X-Oz licence: free or nay?

On 2004-08-09 05:35:10 +0100 Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org> wrote:

Clause 4 -- which you declared non-free in that thread *before* public
conversations with X-Oz, and Brian declared non-free at the start of
this thread -- is identical to that used in the existing X license.

It can be read as a simple assertion in the X licence http://www.x.org/Downloads_terms.html (which seems to be how most copyright holders have treated it), while the copyright permissions of the X-Oz licence http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/02/msg00154.html clearly depend on it. I don't think it's identical.

I think I explained this to selussos <mgr@x-oz.org> in http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/03/msg00048.html but I got a reply of a Mark Twain quote and an assertion that US law is global and the subthread digressed without resolution. No-one found a licence with a similar *condition* in it.

The summary http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/02/msg00229.html may have bugs and need updating, but I doubt the ultimate outcome will be different: software under the X-Oz licence does not clearly follow DFSG.

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