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Re: gnuplot, is it free?

On Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:51:55 -0500 Joe Smith wrote:

> >*   3. provide your name and address as the primary contact for the
> >*    support of your modified version, and
> This one could be free, but there has been some debate over similar
> clauses. I'm thinking this is acceptable

I think this is the only really problematic clause (other clauses are
not recommendable, but acceptable nonetheless under DFSG#4...).

It could be interpreted in a strict way as forbidding anonymous
(redistributed) modifications.
I think that anonymous modifications should be allowed.

Moreover it seems to force redistributors of modified versions to
provide some form of support, which sounds like a fee.

Adding something along the lines of

| or state that your modified version is unsupported

should suffice to fix the license, I think.

But it is also tradition that times *must* and always
do change, my friend.   -- from _Coming to America_
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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