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Re: Mixture of Code unter GPL-2+ and UnRAR license compatible?


I'm forwarding this to Tomas too, since he may not be subscribed to
the debian-legal list.


On Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 12:35:53AM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> writes:
> > P.S.: I think that maybe all this mess is not worth doing... maybe the
> > best long-term solution is searching or developing a Free (GPLv2+
> > compatible) UnRAR replacement. 
> AIUI, a major problem is that there is some kind of monopoly asserted by
> the copyright holder in the primary RAR program.
> The Wikipedia page <URL:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAR> is full of
> confusion over software freedom terms and suffers from incoherency, but
> the overall gist (that interacting with newer-format RAR data is
> considered the monopoly of the RAR author) is clear.
> Whether it's accurate, I can't say; but this appears to have had a
> significant chilling effect <URL:http://chillingeffects.org/> on
> development of free-software RAR programs.
> -- 
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> Ben Finney

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