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Re: AMQP license



On Thu, 6 Dec 2007 11:08:36 +0000 John Halton wrote:

> On 06/12/2007, John Leuner <jewel@subvert-the-dominant-paradigm.net>
> wrote:
> > I would like to ask if the following license meets the DFSG. Clause
> > ii of the license says that the license is terminated if you sue any
> > author.
> 
> I don't think that in itself makes the licence non-free (the CDDL
> includes a similar provision relating to patent claims).

Please don't get me started on the unpleasant CDDL: I don't have the
entire night available for discussions on debian-legal!  ;-)

> 
> Can't comment on the rest of the licence: it's a pretty horrible piece
> of drafting,

Agreed (it's contorted and almost unreadable).

> but it seems to allow people to produce free software
> implementations of the specification.

I think that the original question was more about the DFSG-freeness of
the AMQP specification itself, rather than about the possibility of
developing DFSG-free programs which follow the specification...


(IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP)

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