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Re: legal aspects of packaging nagios-sap-ccms

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On 13/01/12 07:16, Ben Finney wrote:
> Given that “that latter” is presumably referring to “OpenSUSE have
> a special license to distribute”, then it's worth pointing out that
> (as Paul is probably aware) Debian's guidelines for free software
> are explicitly crafted to reject such special licenses.
> DFSG §8 reads:
> 8. License Must Not Be Specific to Debian The rights attached to
> the program must not depend on the program's being part of a Debian
> system. If the program is extracted from Debian and used or
> distributed without Debian but otherwise within the terms of the
> program's license, all parties to whom the program is redistributed
> should have the same rights as those that are granted in
> conjunction with the Debian system.
> So, OpenSUSE's special license to this work doesn't help Debian.
> Only a general license for all recipients can be used.

As the redistribution agreement is quite old, I'm going to see if I
can get back in touch with SAP. It may be possible that I can get them
to release the source code under a license that will permit inclusion
in Debian. Of course, SAP might not be interested at all, but it's
worth a shot.

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