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sql-ledger may belong in non-free

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I was reading through the Terms & Conditions[1] (henceforth Terms page) on the 
and I am not sure that it conforms to the DFSG, specifically section 3. If 
you look at the Terms page, you will notice that the section on "Extending 
and Re-branding SQL-Ledger" indicates that the GPL only allow the derivative 
work to be a "Larger Work" and that you cannot remove the SQL-Ledger logo as 
a result.

First of all, the GPL doesn't seem to even contain the word "larger." Any 
mention of a derivative work indicates that you can make any change. By their 
interpretation, I think it is clear that I would not be able to take their 
database schema and base a new software project on that unless I (A) included 
all of the SQL-Ledger code in my project (cannot freely make modifications), 
(B) changed the project's name, (C) maintain the SQL-Ledger logo (again, 
cannot free make modification), and (D) advertise SQL-Ledger by including 
"Powered by SQL-Ledger" in a subtitle for the program. (A) might be able to 
be exchanged with having a project with more source code than SQL-Ledger in 
order to make it a "larger work."

Also, on their website in the same section, they state, "If you do not want to 
display the SQL-Ledger logo, the 'powered by', or the trademark and copyright 
notice, you need to obtain explicit permission from DWS." This violates 
section 7.

This info is not contained in the tarball of the distribution as far as I can 

Of course, IANAL and may be entirely wrong about some or all of this 


Warren Turkal
Consultant, Penguin Techs

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