Re: [Fwd: Re: [gNewSense-users] PFV call for help.]
Karl Goetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> ... I think the license of krb5
> has two unclear sections regarding freedom:
> * line 18-21: "Export of this software from the United States of
> America may require a specific license from the United States
> Government. It is the responsibility of any person or organization
> contemplating export to obtain such a license before exporting."
This clause doesn't appear to have any additional effect on the
recipient; I can't see that this could be interpreted as anything but
*informing* the reader of requirements that (may) already exist.
> This section may not suit freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute
> copies so you can help your neighbor.
Since it's not imposing any restriction (merely drawing attention to
ones that may already be imposed), I don't see that it affects the
freedom of the work.
> * line 81-83: "OpenVision
> also retains copyright to derivative works of the Source Code, whether
> created by OpenVision or by a third party." I think this could threat
> this software freedom.
Yes. This adds a requirement that doesn't exist under copyright law:
"you, the creator of a derivative work, will surrender copyright in
that work to OpenVision". That's a significant cost to pay, and it's
written in the license as a term of deriving the work at all.
This seems to be over-reaching on the part of the licensor, and may
make the work non-free.
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