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Re: is RtMidi license DFSG-free?

On Sun, 17 Oct 2010 16:51:28 +0200 Miriam Ruiz wrote:

> Hi all,

Hi Miriam!

> I'm thinking about building a package for RtMidi [1], as I'm
> developing a package of a software that embeds it, and already found
> some other packages in the archive doing it. I'm not very keen on
> having duplicated code around.

This is very appreciated: I think that reducing and/or avoiding code
duplication in Debian is a noble and commendable effort!

> Especially this part: "Any person wishing to distribute modifications
> to the Software is requested to send the modifications to the original
> developer so that they can be incorporated into the canonical
> version.", can it be considered DFSG-free?
> There are at least two packages already in the archive embedding this
> code, so it's probably already been considered DFSG-compliant, unless
> it is an error, but I want to be sure about it.

I am under the impression that this clause is a *kind request*, rather
than a *legal requirement*.
If this is really the case, then anyone who distributes modifications
is allowed to do so without sending them to the original developer and
still be in compliance with the license.
In other words, this clause seems to be irrelevant for the
DFSG-freeness analysis.

In summary, I would say that this license is equivalent to the
Expat/MIT license, accompanied by a kind request that does not alter
the license terms.

Therefore, I think it's acceptable for inclusion in packages shipped in
Other debian-legal regulars may correct me, if I am wrong...


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