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Re: IUPAC/InChI-Trust Licence DFSG-Compliant ?



On Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:51:44 +0100 Mihai Moldovan wrote:

> * On 02/26/2018 10:28 PM, Ole Streicher wrote:
> > The LGPL-2.1 starts with
> > 
> > | Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
> > | of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.
> >                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > 
> > I am therefore wondering whether the IUPAC/... license text violates
> > itself the LGPL license conditions and cannot be distributed in Debian
> > at all?
> 
> IANAL: they have not changed LGPL-2.1, but copied it and released it under a
> different name.
> 
> As far as I understand, it would only be violating LGPL-2.1, if the text was
> changed, but the original name retained (since in such a case, naturally, you'd
> be getting something that isn't LGPL-2.1 under the LGPL-2.1 name).
> 
> By changing the name as well, they made clear that this is not LGPL-2.1, so I do
> not see any violation.

There's probably no violation, I think, since the FSF explicitly
[permits](https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#ModifyGPL)
the creation of a modified variant of the GNU GPL, under a different
name, with changed instructions-for-use, without the preamble, and
without any mention of GNU.

I suppose the same rules hold for the GNU LGPL...

Anyway, please note that the FSF recommends against contributing to
license proliferation!


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