Re: Geant4 Software License, version 1.0
* MJ Ray:
> Kevin B. McCarty <kmccarty@Princeton.EDU>
>> I would be interested to hear your opinions on the Geant4 Software
>> License, version 1.0 . [...]
>>  http://geant4.web.cern.ch/geant4/license/LICENSE.html
> I think it is clearly GPL-incompatible (as you noted) for reasons
> similar to the old BSD licence and it might not follow the DFSG because
> of clauses 4 (automatic donation to upstream),
I think you are misreading the clause. It's not a donation of the
modified code base. You retain your exploitation rights, you only
grant upstream a free license. This is just a form of copyleft, only
that the source license is granted to upstream, not the party that
receives the code.
> maybe 5 (discrimination against fields of use) below.
Debian should not protect the freedom to file software patents. If
the DFSG required this, we would have to change them.