Re: RFS: spim
On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Ben Finney <email@example.com> wrote:
> Mackenzie Morgan <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> The license is as follows:
>> You may make copies of SPIM for your own use and modify those copies.
>> All copies of SPIM must retain my name and copyright notice.
>> You may not sell SPIM or distribute SPIM in conjunction with a
>> commercial product or service without the expressed written consent of
>> James Larus.
> This grants no permission to redistribute. What license from the
> copyright holder does the Debian project have to redistribute this in
> If the answer is “nothing explicit”, then the default copyright
> restrictions prevent the Debian project from redistributing the work at
Looks like a Debian person contacted him about this a long time ago:
IMO, the statement isn't particularly clear and I would not want
Debian to rely on it.
I'd suggest that upstream should provide a clear statement for
debian/copyright that Debian (and Ubuntu) is allowed to distribute
spim. It is a shame he refuses to change the license to something free
(as mentioned on IRC). If he has a PGP/GPG key to clearsign the
statement with, that would be good too.