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Re: Copyright question

On Wed, 6 Feb 2008 19:36:44 +0100 Bas Wijnen wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 05:46:31PM +0100, Stefan Potyra wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Am Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2008 16:30 schrieb Jean Parpaillon:
> > > Hi,
> > > I intend to package HPL benchmarks. Copyright file contains the
> > > following statements:
> > > ----------------------
> > > --------------------
> > >
> > > I've read DFSG and I'm not sure if items 3 and 4 are problematic. Can
> > > someone help me ? If it's not ok, may it be in contrib ?
> > 
> > IANAL, but this license doesn't seem to allow modification, does it?
> Good point.  Which brings us to the next point: this is really a
> question for -legal.  I'm sending it there with this mail. :-)

Indeed, if the *whole* permission grant is the text between the two
----- lines, I cannot see any permission to modify.

Actually, to be precise, I cannot see *any* permission grant: only
constraints seem to be present.  Which makes me suspect that we are not
reading the complete license text.

Hence, if what we read is the whole license text, then I think the work
under consideration fails to comply with the DFSG (at least because it
fails DFSG#3).  Otherwise, if we haven't yet seen the complete license
text, then someone please quote it fully or else we won't be able to
analyze the DFSG-freeness of the ITP'd package...

My usual disclaimers: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.

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