Re: Bug#318204: ITP: php-simpletest -- Unit testing and web testing framework for PHP
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I'll go over the licence part by part.
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2. The words public domain in this clause are very interesting. Does this
I can make any changes at all that I want as long as I disavow copyright?
domain is usually thought of as works that are not eligable for copyright,
expired, or have had copyright disavowed.
3. Requireng the changes to be noted in-file is problematic.The rest is even
more problematic seeming.
Requiring naming changes may not be DFSG-Free. The clause in the guidelines
seems to refer to
package names, not executable names. Requiring inclusion of the Standard
Version is probably Non-Free.
4. This clause is confusing. It implies that I must distribute the Standard
Version along with
the modified versions, but the latter part about documenting where the
standard version can
be obtained, imply that I do not.
5-9. Clauses similar to these appear in other free licences.
Realisticly the licence is intended to be free. The licence was designed to
ensure that people did not run
non-standard tests thinking they where standard tests. However requiring the
inclusion of the Standard Version
is probably going too far.
So I vote for not including the package.
IANADD, IANAL, TINLA
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