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Re: Non-free postscript code in EPS image

Hi Michael,

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 09:03:52PM +0200, Michael Wild wrote:

> I'm maintaining a package that contains an EPS image created with Adobe
> Illustrator and hence contains postscript library code that is
> copyrighted by Adobe, e.g.:

> * Copyright(C)2000-2006 Adobe Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved
> * Copyright(C)1997-2007 Adobe Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
> * Copyright 1997-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
> * Copyright 1987-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated.

> and so on.

> Does this make the file non-redistributable and non-DFSG free? If not,
> would I need to list all these copyright statements into debian/copyright?

> Strange thing is, most of it is simply boilerplate that is not even
> used. Running it through eps2eps (a ghostscript wrapper) brings the file
> down from 220K to 4K!

A copyright statement does not, by itself, say anything about the license of
the work.  Since Illustrator is frequently used for producing output files
that are expected to be distributed, it would be reasonable to assume that
the output is liberally licensed and that whatever license is listed in the
package is in fact the correct one, with no other license attaching to this

If you find an authoritative license statement to the contrary, *then* we
should worry about whether this is non-redistributable.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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