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Re: Are debian/ubuntu distributions "commercial applications" from a legal point of view?

On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:30:03 +0100, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 08:48:43PM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
>> Laszlo Lebrun wrote:
>> > Do you know about any jurisprudence about that question?
> According to David A. Wheeler, the US Department of Defense has
> recognised FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) as being on the same
> basis as Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) in contracts for purchasing and
> use of software.
> All best,

That appear to be the statement of a purchasing department, which might 
be quality centered. The point of view of legal courts might in copyright 
issues have been quite different.

What about free (as a beer), freely distributable by anyone, but 
copyrighted components, which might be used without any restriction 
"excepted when adding value to commercial applications"?

Can the copyright holder sue (with good chances of success) a debian 
distribution using it?


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