Re: Is this license DFSG free?
On Saturday 11 June 2005 04:58 pm, Wei Mingzhi wrote:
> It's not a free software license because of this one.
> 4. Initial Developer as Maintainer of Source Code
> The Initial Developer will be acting as the
> maintainer of the Source Code. You must notify the
> Initial Developer of any modification which You create
> or to which You contribute, except for internal
> development and practice, via an electronic mail
> message sent to email@example.com. The Initial
> Developer may provide an Electronic Distribution
> mechnism for the Modification to be made available.
> This goes against the Freedom 3 of the FSF's free
> software defination, and the 3rd clause of the Debian
> Free software Guidelines.
How? Leaving FSF's Freedom 3 out of the picture (unless Debian adopted them
at some time), I don't see how requiring the contribution of the modification
back to source violates Clause 3 of the DFSG:
"The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them
to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original
The license allows modification and derived works, and it allows them to be
distributed under the same terms as the license. It doesn't say anything
about not requiring contribution.
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