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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.

Preamble: Belive it or not a preamble is not legally a no-op. It establishes intent which is sometimes
more important than the actual wording.

Definitions: There is nothing important in this section. The relevence of this text come into play only
in the numbered sections.

1. OK
2. The words public domain in this clause are very interesting. Does this mean that I can make any changes at all that I want as long as I disavow copyright? Public domain is usually thought of as works that are not eligable for copyright, have
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.

The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a Package may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains some semblance of artistic control over the development of the package, while giving the users of the package the right to use and distribute the Package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make reasonable modifications.

Testing is essential for proper development and maintenance of standards-based products.

For buyers: adequate conformance testing leads to reduced integration costs and protection of investments in applications, software and people.

For software developers: conformance testing of platforms and middleware greatly reduces the cost of developing and maintaining multi-platform application software.

For suppliers: In-depth testing increases customer satisfaction and keeps development and support costs in check. API conformance is highly measurable and suppliers who claim it must be able to substantiate that claim.

As such, since these are benchmark measures of conformance, we feel the integrity of test tools is of importance. In order to preserve the integrity of the existing conformance modes of this test package and to permit recipients of modified versions of this package to run the original test modes, this license requires that the original test modes be preserved.

If you find a bug in one of the standards mode test cases, please let us know so we can feed this back into the original, and also raise any specification issues with the appropriate bodies (for example the POSIX committees).


a.. "Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through textual modification. b.. "Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been modified, or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright Holder. c.. "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for the package. "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this Package. d.. "Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis of media cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on. (You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but only to the computing community at large as a market that must bear the fee.) e.. "Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the item itself, though there may be fees involved in handling the item. It also means that recipients of the item may redistribute it under the same conditions they received it. 1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of the Standard Version of this Package without restriction, provided that you duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated disclaimers.

2. You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other modifications derived from the Public Domain or from the Copyright Holder. A Package modified in such a way shall still be considered the Standard Version.

3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in any way, provided that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file stating how and when you changed that file, and provided that you do at least the following:

rename any non-standard executables and testcases so the names do not conflict with standard executables and testcases, which must also be provided, and provide a separate manual page for each non-standard executable and testcase that clearly documents how it differs from the Standard Version.

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accompany any non-standard executables and testcases with their corresponding Standard Version executables and testcases, giving the non-standard executables and testcases non-standard names, and clearly documenting the differences in manual pages (or equivalent), together with instructions on where to get the Standard Version.

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