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Re: Bug#724947: [orthanc] Non free file

Sebastien Jodogne <s.jodogne@chu.ulg.ac.be> writes:

> Thanks for your bug report. I am the upstream developer of Orthanc
> [1].

Thank you for taking the time to consider the freedom of recipients of
your software.

> Freeware Public License (FPL)
> This software is licensed as "freeware."  Permission to distribute
> this software in source and binary forms, including incorporation into
> other products, is hereby granted without a fee.  THIS SOFTWARE IS

This grants permission only to distribute. This fails DFSG §3, since it
does not grant permission to modify the work and distribute the result.

> This looks to me like a permissive MIT license.

It lacks many permissions granted in the Expat license terms
<URL:http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt> (which I guess is what you
mean by “MIT license”, an unfortunately ambiguous name).

In particular, the Expat license terms grant the recipient permission
“to deal in the Software without restriction, including without
limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute,
sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to
whom the Software is furnished to do so” so long as attribution is

> I have always thought that this license is compatible with the FSF
> philosophy.

You might have mistaken those license terms for a different, free,

If you're wanting to license the work under the terms of the Expat
license, that would be great, since those terms grant the freedoms
needed by the FSF and DFSG.

 \       “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them |
  `\    to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their |
_o__)                      own desires.” —Susan Brownell Anthony, 1896 |
Ben Finney

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