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Re: Is the Sybase Open Watcom License ok?



On Mon, 3 Jul 2006 07:14:22 +0000 (UTC) Jason Spiro wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> Is the license pasted below OK?
[...]
> Sybase Open Watcom Public License version 1.0
[...]

Whoever finds the time to thoroughly analyse this license, please
consider to review the following thread, before:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00545.html

Actually, Sybase Open Watcom Public License version 1.0 has many parts
in common with the APPLE PUBLIC SOURCE LICENSE Version 2.0 (which was
discussed in the above-cited thread).
The two licenses are similar, but not equal.  It seems one is derived
from the other (I don't know which one came first, though).

My opinion, from a rapid glance, is that Sybase Open Watcom Public
License version 1.0 is *not* suitable for releasing DFSG-free software.
There are at least a broad patent-retaliation clause and a choice of
venue.
Other issues could be hidden inside the long text (I just gave a look to
some sections...).

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