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Re: Linuxsampler license

On Thu, Sep 15, 2005 at 08:03:46AM +0300, Harri Järvi wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 16:26:15 +0200, Göran Weinholt wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 05:54:35PM +0300, Harri Järvi wrote:
> > > In addition there's a conflict between linuxsampler's aim to be an
> > > opensource software, and the license used. Restricting commercial use
> > > makes the software nonopensource by OSI definition and nonfree by Free
> > > Software Foundation's Free Software definition.
> > 
> > I think upstream only meant to make it clear to developers of
> > proprietary software that they need to ask for a special license if
> > they don't want to follow the GPL.
> I wish it was so, but this is written on the project home page
> at <http://www.linuxsampler.org/downloads.html>:
> "License
> LinuxSampler is licensed under the GNU GPL license with the exception 
> that COMMERCIAL USE of the souce code, libraries and applications is
> NOT ALLOWED without prior written permission by the LinuxSampler 
> authors. If you have questions on the subject please contact us."

That is indeed non-free and fails DFSG #6, the package cannot be in main, but
could be in non-free maybe.


Sven Luther

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