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Re: Bug#323533: DCC is non-free

On Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 01:11:34PM -0400, Duncan Findlay wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 11:25:18AM +0200, Martin Zobel-Helas wrote:
> > Hi Duncan,

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

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

> I understand this, but as I mentioned, it's my understanding that
> previous versions still infringe on the patent, and upstream only
> changed the license when Commtouch informed them of the patent.

> So, somebody that sells an anti-spam solution is not permitted to use
> the code *of any version* without licensing the patent from Commtouch.

Are there any other details available on exactly what happened leading
up to the license change?  One can change a license to protect oneself
from harrassment, without agreeing with the claims being made.  One can 
even tell other people how to acquire a patent license, without actually 
believing that one is needed.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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