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Re: portaudio license

On Sat, Nov 13, 2004 at 06:19:50PM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Since both of the words "request" and "condition" appear to apply to
> the clause, it is ambigously phrase and Debian would take the
> conservative position that the license is not free.
> The situation changes if you can get the author to issue a license
> clarification that makes it unambigous that the license is intended
> to *legally* allow distribution of modifications that have not been
> passed back to the author. (The author will still be at liberty to
> think bad of modifiers who do not pass patches upwards).

This license came up a couple months ago, with the same response: "get
a clarification" (http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/09/msg00114.html).
It never happened, apparently.  PortAudio is still in main with this
license, packaged with Audacity.

This is another example of problems caused by modifying well-established
licenses--this is the Expat license, modified in an ambiguous way.

Glenn Maynard

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