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Re: [Portaudio] Re: portaudio in Debian, license updates?

Ross Bencina wrote:

PortAudio upstream was planning to change the license to clarify
this, but I don't think they ever got around to tracking down all the
contributors in order to do this.

I think there was never any clarity on what the license should be
changed to.  I am in touch with all of the contributors who hold
copyright on the PortAudio source base. If Debian legal could provide
some guidance as to what the change should be we would be happy to
co-operate to ensure greater interoperability with the Debian Free
Software community.

I would like to see PortAudio use an unmodified X11 license (widely
used, and identical to the current PortAudio license except for the
non-binding "request" clause).  Rather than appearing in the license's
list of conditions, this clause could appear in the documentation, or
any other way that is explicitly not a condition of the license.

Or, if the "request" clause is not removed from the license, I would
like to see it clarified as follows:

 Any person wishing to distribute modifications to the Software is
 requested BUT NOT REQUIRED to send the modifications to the original
 developer so that they can be incorporated into the canonical version.

Of course, licensing decisions are entirely up to you and the other
PortAudio copyright holders.  I'm speaking as an Audacity maintainer and
as a Debian developer.  Fixing this possible ambiguity would make things
easier for me and other users and distributors of PortAudio.

[Moving this thread to the debian-legal and portaudio lists.  Please see
those lists for followups.  Other addresses have been moved to BCC.]

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