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Re: [OFF-TOPIC] Is canoo webtest DFSG compliant



On Thu, 11 May 2006 16:14:06 -0400 Joe Smith wrote:

> 
> "Fred Maranhão" wrote in message 
> c647e93f0605110856r6cb57ebi311f0c2b6ef7453d@mail.gmail.com">news:c647e93f0605110856r6cb57ebi311f0c2b6ef7453d@mail.gmail.com...
[...]
> >The page of license is:
> >http://webtest.canoo.com/webtest/manual/license.html. It seems open
> >source, in my humble opinion, but I'm not a license specialist.

See below...

> >And
> >there are a lot of new licenses (not necessarily DFSG-compliant) with
> >'free' and 'open' in their names, nowadays.

Sad but true.

> >
> >Can anyone emit a second opinion?
> 
> I've included a complete copy of the licence at the end of this mail.

Thanks.

> 
> This is basically the apachee 1.1 licence, with the name Apache
> replaced, as  obviously that would not apply.
> Other differences include removal of nonbinding information from after
> the warrenty disclamer, and removal of the numbers on the clauses.
> 
> Now the major potential problem is:
> #Products derived from this software may not be called "WebTest", nor
> #may "Canoo" appear in
> #their name, without prior written permission of the Canoo Engineering
> #AG.
> 
> The restriction on "WebTest" is explicitly allowed by the DFSG. There
> appars  to be some debate
> as to whether the other restrictions are acceptable under the DFSG.

The last thread on this topic starts here:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/04/msg00136.html
and my opinion is (re)stated here:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/04/msg00181.html

> 
> I suspect that it may not be a broblem in this case, as the
> anti-endorsment  clause
> presumably would prevent already prevent including "Cantoo" in the
> package  name.

In don't think so.
A name that includes "Cantoo" as a substring does not necessary qualify
as claiming endorsement by Cantoo...


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