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Re: Bug#686580: netdiag: Strobe license is incorrectly stated as GPL



On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:12:40 -0400 Paul Tagliamonte wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 07:59:17PM +0700, Ivan Shmakov wrote:
> > >>>>> Matthaeus Wander <mwander@swznet.de> writes:
[...]
> > 
> > 	AIUI, the Strobe license (as quoted below) fails to meet DFSG 1.
> > 	Therefore, my guess is that the severity of this bug has to be
> > 	raised to ‘grave’.  (Which I'll do unless there be objections.)
[...]
> >  > --copy--
> >  > Copyright (c) Julian Assange 1995-1999, All rights reserved.
> > 
> >  > This software has only three copyright restrictions. Firstly, this
> >  > copyright notice must remain intact and unmodified. Secondly, the
> >  > Author, Julian Assange, must be appropriately and prominantly
> >  > credited in any documentation associated with any derived work.
> >  > Thirdly unless otherwise negotiated with the author, you may not
> >  > sell this program commercially, reasonable distribution costs
> >  > excepted.
> > 
> >  > Use and or distribution of this software implies acceptance of the
> >  > above.
> >  > --paste--
> 
> This looks very much non-free and should be moved to non-free
> immediately, or removed from the archive.

I agree.

In the meanwhile, I recommend getting in touch with the copyright
holder and trying to persuade him to re-license Strobe under DFSG-free
terms (for instance under the terms of the GNU GPL v2, if a copyleft
license is preferred, or under the terms of the Expat license
http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt , if a non-copyleft license is
preferred).

> 
> Cranking up severity is a *good* move, I would do it, but I see you
> intend to.

I think the correct severity is "serious"...


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