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Re: is the Clearthought Software License free?



On Thu, 23 Apr 2009 22:46:53 +1000 Andrew Donnellan wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM, Giacomo A. Catenazzi <cate@debian.org> wrote:
> > IMHO this point has an other meaning:
> > if you alter the code, you need to change the name (class name),
> > i.e. the modified file could be info.mymymy.clearthought.
> >
> > I think it is covered by "Integrity of The Author's Source Code",
> > but I'm not sure to interpret the point 2 in the right way.

Even if this were allowed by DFSG#4 (I am not really convinced, but it
could even be, depending on the copyright holder's interpretation of
the license...), this clause would be GPL-incompatible nonetheless.

> 
> Given that the first paragraph does appear to permit modifications I
> would think this would be the way the author intended it, but he
> really should write it more clearly.

Yes, definitely.

Even better, he should be persuaded to adopt a well-known license
capable of making the library DFSG-free and GPL-compatible.

I would suggest the zlib license:
http://www.gzip.org/zlib/zlib_license.html


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