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ITP:Bug#460591 - Falcon P.L. license

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As suggested by Mr. Paul Wise, I am writing here to have the Falcon
Programming Language License by Debian.

The license is tightly based on Apache 2, with extra clarifications
and permissions. Rationale behind this license is that of provide a
license defining and clarifying limits between "embedding
applications" (that is, an application USING the scripting language)
and "derived works" (that is, re-works of the language). Also the
license clears the field from ambiguity about usability and freedom of
code generated and run by the Virtual Machine.

I am going through this because, after searching for a license
providing those guarantees to language users, I have found none. Other
licenses in the field are either left ambiguous, or are special
purpose language specific license (along OSI guidelines) or are basic
licenses with exceptions (i.e. LGPL "with embedding exception"). I
thought that, instead of smuggling in a new license under the disguise
of a well knonw one with "exceptions", Falcon users and the the
community as a whole would have had benefits from a generic, open
source license which is aimed to define those applications meant to
work symbiotically with other ones, as i.e. scripting languages. In
fact, FPLL is not a languge-specific license and may be adopted by all
the applications that fall in this class.

I am submitting the license to OSI for certification as soon as the
lawyer I hired will provide me with a legal advice. In the meanwhile,
I have opened an ITP bug, for which Debian Legal clearance is needed.

Here follows the text of the license.

Giancarlo Niccolai.


    Falcon Programming Language License

Version 1.0, February 2005


   1. *Definitions*.
          * "License" shall mean the terms and conditions for use,
            reproduction, and distribution as defined by Sections 1
            through 9 of this document.
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            power, direct or indirect, to cause the direction or
            management of such entity, whether by contract or
            otherwise, or (ii) ownership of fifty percent (50%) or
            more of the outstanding shares, or (iii) beneficial
            ownership of such entity.
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