Re: Question about license compatibility
On Thursday 21 July 2005 04:49 pm, Gerasimos Melissaratos wrote:
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> I'd like to create a package for ng-spice, which seems to be governed by
> two licenses, which I include herein. In first reading I cannot see any
> real discrepancies, but of course IANAL. Pls tell me if any of them is
> compatible with DFSG.
I'm surprised no one has responded to this yet... so I guess I'll get the
ball rolling. Its my opinion that both licenses are non-free, for reasonably
well established and non-controversial reasons.
License 1 contains a limitation on use ("educational, research and non-profit
purposes, without fee") which is a violation of DFSG #6. License 2 is less
obvious, but I personally believe that a provision that forbids charging a
fee for distribution is non-free, or at least bad policy. Certainly having a
package that prohibits charging for distribution would prevent it from being
on a Debian CD sold by one of the vendors. Based on the DFSG I'd have to
point to #1 and #6... but both are kind of stretches.
Anyone else have thoughts?
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