Re: Canonical list of DFSG-free licenses?
On 2004-11-06 14:30:09 +0000 Sebastian Feltel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Juhapekka Tolvanen schrieb am 06.11.2004 09:10:
But what about Debian-project? Why we do not have a WWW-page telling
official stance of Debian-project to different licenses? Or Am I
The DFSG apply to software, not licences. It is possible to apply a
licence from the FSF list in a stupid way or with a stupid addition
and create non-free software. I strongly believe it's better to look
at particular pieces of software than make abstract statements which
will be thrown back at debian when it notices the first stupid
I think http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/ is what you are looking
is currently not as useful as it could be but it is a goot starting
There have been two (three?) summary attempts and none have worked
particularly well IMO. That's one of them. Admittedly, they've not
been helped by certain shock blogs and red-top media.
Currently, I think that we need to:
1. catalogue which licences are currently used in the debian archive,
which should tell licences usual for free software, other
distributable software and ones which really need careful examination;
2. catalogue discussions on debian-legal, which contain a wealth of
usually-informed thoughts about licences.
If anyone has labour-saving ways to do these, please explain them and
I'll stop putting off work so much and help.
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