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Re: Plugins for non-free software in orig.tar.gz



On Sat, 03 Jul 2010 02:49:55 +0200 Josselin Mouette wrote:

> Le jeudi 01 juillet 2010 à 00:40 +0200, Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo a
> écrit :
> > > Of course, the quickest and easiest solution, until the licensing is
> > > clarified, is dropping the scripts from the package...
[...]
> > Maybe they should provide a separate package with it and that's all, and not 
> > bothering shipping it in normal source packages of the rest of Aqsis, and 
> > thus avoid installing it with normal CMake building system.
> 
> As long as the script itself is free, there is no point in removing it
> from the source package. Just don’t ship it in the binary. The
> requirement to remove non-free files is for non-free files. Not for
> files that relate to non-free software.

I agree with you, Josselin, but I am under the impression the script
itself fails to comply with the DFSG.
As previously discussed, there's no copyright notice and the only
legalese states:

# This document is under CC-3.0 Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
#       http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
# Attribution:  There is no requirement to attribute the author.
[...]

Frankly speaking, this notice does not seem to talk about the script
(it's unlikely that the copyright owner refers to the script as "This
document"...).

Hence, as I said, until the licensing is clarified, the quickest and
easiest solution is dropping the script from the orig.tar.gz package.

[...]
> > $ head -7 shaders/surface/metal.sl 
> > /* metal.sl - Standard metal surface for RenderMan Interface.
> >  * (c) Copyright 1988, Pixar.
> >  *
> >  * The RenderMan (R) Interface Procedures and RIB Protocol are:
> >  *     Copyright 1988, 1989, Pixar.  All rights reserved.
> >  * RenderMan (R) is a registered trademark of Pixar.
> >  */
> > 
> > I tried to find the answers in Pixar's website, but I found none.  I think 
> > that it's a kind of OpenGL, but I don't know if things like "All rights 
> > reserved" means that they can forbid people using them, like the (already 
> > several) FOSS implementations (aqsis, pixie, jrman).
> 
> This looks much more worrisome to me. There is no license for use or
> redistribution here. I’m surprised the FTP masters let this slip
> through.

I am surprised too.
Above all, I am surprised that we seem to be first ones to notice this
issue, which allegedly affects several rendering tools...


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