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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

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...

 Need some pdebuild hook scripts?
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