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Re: msntp license



[CC Jakub Drnec because I correct one statement I made earlier this
year about the MSNTP license]

Le Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 07:44:11PM +0100, Florian Weimer a écrit :
> * Charles Plessy:
> > I think that Clause 1 disallows for-profit distribution. Can a redistributor
> > burn a CD and sell it with financial benefit without express written consent of
> > the copyright holders of MSNTP?
> 
> You can't do that with software released under the Artistic license,
> either, that's why the situation is a bit complicated.

I am not sure if you are proposing to keep MSNTP or remove packages with
contents redistributed under the Artistic License 1.0 only…

In the case of MSNTP, the removal was anyway blessed by the package maintainer
for other QA considerations.

For the Artistic License in general, well, some other projects like Fedora are
removing works distributed under the Artistic Licence version 1.0 only. This
would be doable here, but if such a proposition is made and accepted, I
strongly recommend to make it in the form of a release goal for the next
release.

This said, I realised that the Artistic and MSNTP licenses permits to sell
Debian CDs for profit:

“You may also distribute MSNTP along with any other product for sale,
provided that the cost of the bundled package is the same regardless of whether
MSNTP is included or not”

“you may distribute this Package in aggregate with other (possibly commercial)
programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial) software distribution”.

I was perhaps wrong when I wrote that MSNTP is not free
(<20100302115733.GB30713@kunpuu.plessy.org>), since we tolerate similar clauses
for other works. But I if anybody is tempted to adopt and upload the package
with the necessary corrections and updates, I recommend to think twice since
upstream does not show signs of activity for a long time (at least using the
Google search enging).

Have a nice day,

-- 
Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan


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