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Re: Bug#388691: ibm-3270: Licensing issues

[sent also to debian-legal for advice]

--- Bastian Blank <waldi@debian.org> escreveu:

> On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 02:47:55PM -0300, Wagner Bruna wrote:
> > --- Bastian Blank <waldi@debian.org> escreveu:
> > 
> > > > Particularly, "public use" needs clarification:
> > > > "Copyright 1989 by Georgia Tech Research
> > > > Corporation, Atlanta, GA 30332.
> > > > All Rights Reserved. GTRC hereby grants public
> > > > use of this software."
> > > 
> > > Neither I nor the ftp-team see a problem with that.
> > 
> > AAUI, if the copyright notice only grants "public use"
> > of the software, it's not conforming with DFSG guidelines
> > ("The license must not restrict anyone from making use
> > of the program in a specific field of endeavor.").
> > As it is phrased, the license does not explicitely grant
> > unrestricted use, so the package at least should not be
> > in main.
> You have to explain why "public use" is restricted.

I don't know what "public use" means. Does it mean that I can only use it
on public computers, at a public library for example? Is it free for "the
public", for anyone? Could I use it "privately", internally at my

Is it possible to clarify, on the copyright note, what GTRC means by
"public use"? If it does mean "unrestricted" as implied, great, but IMHO
the copyright file should say so unequivocally.

(Note that GTRC was contacted before to clarify these statements; see bug

> > Well, there is another source package of this code (since 
> > oldstable, at least), maintained by him:
> > http://packages.qa.debian.org/3/3270.html
> > And its copyright file states:
> Well, this is neither a statement from the ftp-team, nor from me, nor
> from upstream.

So please clarify upstream's statement.


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