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Re: DFSG as License?



On Tue, 20 Jun 2006 18:35:14 -0400 Nathanael Nerode wrote:

> Michelle Konzack <linux4michelle@freenet.de>
> >Since I have read tonns of different licences I do not realy know
> >what to do.  Since I am using Debian/main only (with the exception
> >of libdvdcss2) since more then 7 years now I want to say, that my
> >Software any Licence which comply with the DFSG.
> 
> Since we can't agree, even on debian-legal, on whether some licenses
> comply with the DFSG or not, this really can't be done.  :-/  But I
> can tell you what license you should use: there are two you should
> consider.
> 
> --
> If you want a "copyleft" license -- that is, everyone who makes
> additions to your software has to license their additions freely --
> use the GNU GPL.
> 
> See http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html for details on how to
> do that.
> 
> --
> If you want a "non-copyleft" license -- that is, people who make
> additions to  your software can license their additions however they
> like, perhaps charging a  fee for them -- then use the MIT/Expat
> license.  For that, you have to include  the copyright notice, just as
> described on the above page about using the GNU  GPL.  After the
> copyright notice you put the license text. For some reason I have 
> been unable to find a canonical website devoted to this license, so
> here is the text:
[...]
> If you have more specific requirements, you may want another license,
> but generally these are the two we recommend here on debian-legal. 
> MIT/Expat is the simplest, best-understood, and easiest to apply of
> the non-copyleft licenses. The GNU GPL is the most widely used and
> most well understood copyleft license.

I agree entirely with these suggestions.

BTW, the canonical URL for the Expat license is:
http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt

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