Re: InaTux's "Author's Choice of Terminology License"
In message <[🔎] email@example.com>, oohay moc.
Did you read the license?
The majority of the software in Debian is licensed under the GPL, that
is why Debian is referred to as licensed under the GNU GPL.
I would think the license would be applied to the act of final
distribution of Debian, to the source LiveCD, or other ways. So that
when one receives the operating system they have to follow the same
terminology in modifications.
WRONG. Sorry. But the ONLY person(people) who can apply or change a
licence are the people who own the copyrights. For the MOST part, those
people are NOT Debian people.
Yes, Debian can apply a licence to the LiveCD, because they've done the
work of making it. But that licence will NOT apply to the contents of
the disk, because Debian don't own the copyright to the stuff they put
on the disk.
It appears you also don't understand copyright (don't worry, you're in
very good company :-)
The license aims to ensure the that operating systems be called
"GNU/Linux" in any derivative works, like Ubuntu. It also aims to
ensure that any software licensed under it has to be call "Free
Software." But, one could use the license to ensure that the OS be call
"Linux" and the software be called "Open Source." That is my
paraphrased summary of the ACT License.
I didn't write the license so I don't fully understand myself. The only
information I have is the link to the license at inatux.com that I
I haven't read the InaTux licence, so I can't comment on whether it's a
good or bad licence - it sounds a nice one in some respects, but it also
sounds like it should be a trademark licence, not a copyright one. But
it's not applicable here because the people you're asking to apply the
licence AREN'T the authors, and don't have the legal right to apply the
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