The comments below might not apply to the current package, but
are addressed to some of the troubling aspects of the license.
| 14. ADDITIONAL TERM: ATTRIBUTION
| (a) As a modest attribution to the organizer of the development of
| the Original Code ("Original Developer"), in the hope that its
| promotional value may help justify the time, money and effort
| invested in writing the Original Code, the Original Developer may
| include in Exhibit B ("Attribution Information") a requirement
| that each time an Executable and Source Code or a Larger Work is
| launched or initially run (which includes initiating a session),
| a prominent display of the Original Developer's Attribution
| Information (as defined below) must occur on the graphic user
| interface employed by the end user to access such Covered Code
| (which may include display on a splash screen), if any.
| The size of the graphic image should be consistent with the size of the
| other elements of the Attribution Information. If the access by the end
| user to the Executable and Source Code does not create a graphic user
| interface for access to the Covered Code, this obligation shall not
| apply. If the Original Code displays such Attribution Information in a
| particular form (such as in the form of a splash screen, notice at
| login, an "about" display, or dedicated attribution area on user
| interface screens), continued use of such form for that Attribution
| Information is one way of meeting this requirement for notice.
| (b) Attribution information may only include a copyright notice, a
| brief phrase, graphic image and a URL ("Attribution Information") and
| is subject to the Attribution Limits as defined below. [...snip!]
| 15. ADDITIONAL TERM: NETWORK USE.
| The term "External Deployment" means the use, distribution, or
| communication of the Original Code or Modifications in any way such
| that the Original Code or Modifications may be used by anyone other
| than You, whether those works are distributed or communicated to those
| persons or made available as an application intended for use over a
| network. As an express condition for the grants of license hereunder,
| You must treat any External Deployment by You of the Original Code or
| Modifications as a distribution under section 3.1 and make Source Code
| available under Section 3.2.
This means, if I even use one single function of the original
work, in an a GUI environment, which creates, say, a button to use in
the task bar (small button, think of the wm* packages -- wmweather et
al), I either make the button hugish, or I have to code in a splash
screen -- for every single button that uses any of the original
source. So, if a user has a dozen or so of these buttons in their
toolbar, they are faced with a dozen splash screens when they start
This sounds like a significant reduction in freedom.
Be consistent. Larry Wall in the perl man page
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.golden-gryphon.com/>
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