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Re: Bug#323533: DCC is non-free

Hi Duncan,

could you please have a look on the version of DCC in sid/etch/sarge

The version of DCC in Debian is the latest version before upstream
changed its license. 

for details.


On Wednesday, 17 Aug 2005, you wrote:
> Package: dcc
> Severity: serious
> First (of course) IANAL. And I could be entirely wrong (I hope so).
> It is my understanding that DCC (Distributed Checksum Clearinghouses)
> is not free because of patent issues. According to the license at
> http://www.dcc-servers.net/dcc/dcc-tree/LICENSE:
>  * This agreement is not applicable to any entity which sells anti-spam
>  * solutions to others or provides an anti-spam solution as part of a
>  * security solution sold to other entities, or to a private network
>  * which employs the DCC or uses data provided by operation of the DCC
>  * but does not provide corresponding data to other users.
> Furthermore:
>  * Parties not eligible to receive a license under this agreement can
>  * obtain a commercial license to use DCC and permission to use
>  * U.S. Patent 6,330,590 by contacting Commtouch at http://www.commtouch.com/
>  * or by email to nospam@commtouch.com.
> I imagine past versions of DCC do not have this clause in their
> license; however, they probably still infringe on the patent (which I
> haven't read, not do I intend on reading), and still can not be
> distributed in concordance with the DFSG.
> Is this correct? Does DCC need to be removed from Debian?
> -- 
> Duncan Findlay
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