Re: dxsamples: New upstream version 4.4.0 available
On 12/11/13 10:43, Graham Inggs wrote:
> The previous maintainer of dxsamples felt that the license of some of
> the examples added in more recent versions made it unsuitable for
> distribution in Debian.
I don't see a license problem with what you quoted. It would be nice if
the copyright holder had used a more common form of the MIT-style
license (the Expat license is the closest thing there is to a canonical
MIT/X11 license, and is the one in the OSI license list), but it appears
to be DFSG-compliant and GPL-compatible.
The maintainer will have to copy this license into debian/copyright in
order to satisfy both Debian policy and the "... in supporting
documentation ..." clause.
> * (C) Visualization and Imagery Solutions, Inc. 2002
> * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> * documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
> * provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that
> * both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
> * supporting documentation, and that the name of VIS not be
> * used in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the
> * software without specific prior written permission.
This is the first paragraph of what
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:MIT calls "Old Style with legal
disclaimer", with s/M.I.T./VIS/ and the last sentence
(mini-warranty-disclaimer) removed. Seems fine to me.
> * THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
> * EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY
> * WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
This disclaimer of warranty looks fine to me, and is similar to the one
recommended for use with the GPL.
> * VIS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING
> * ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
> * PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL VIS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT
> * OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS
> * OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE
> * OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE
> * OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
This is back to what https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:MIT calls
"Old Style with legal disclaimer". Also looks fine to me.