Re: Is the RAR archiver freely distributable?
>>>>> On Tue, 8 Nov 2016, Ian Jackson wrote:
> RAR is not part of Debian. It is in non-free. This means we do not
> like its licence.
Sure, there cannot be any doubt that this is non-free software.
The question is if the license that comes with it grants free
> That licence is IMO clearly unsuitable even for Debian non-free.
> | 3a. The software's trial version may be freely distributed, with
> | exceptions noted below, provided the distribution package is not
> | modified in any way
> But we have of course modified it.
> | 3c. The unmodified installation file of WinRAR must be provided pure
> | and unpaired. Any bundling is interdicted. In particular the use of
> | any install or download software which is providing any kind of
> | download bundles is prohibited unless granted by win.rar GmbH in
> | written form
> It is not clear to me whether our distribution approaches contravene
> | 3d. Hacks/cracks, keys or key generators may not be included,
> | pointed to or referred to by the distributor of the trial version
> We (Debian) cannot possibly agree to such a condition. It may well be
> violated in Debian (even in main) already.
I believe that clause 3b is problematic, too:
| 3b. The software's unlicensed trial version may not be distributed
| inside of any other software package without written permission.
| The software must remain in the original unmodified installation
Presumably, this condition wouldn't be fulfilled for a .deb file?
| for download without any barrier and conditions to the user
| such as collecting fees for the download or making the download
| conditional on the user giving his contact data.
No fees must be collected for the download. It is not clear if this
would also apply when distributing the software on a physical medium.
>> So what is your stance on the above license? Can the software still
>> be freely distributed?
> I think for Debian non-free we will probably want to stick with
The license.txt file in rar_5.3.b2.orig.tar.gz already is the new
version of the license, though.