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From: OFFIS DICOM Team <>
Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: dicomscope ready for upload
To: Mathieu Malaterre <>
Cc: Charles Plessy <>, Klaus Kleber <>

Hi Mathieu,

sorry for the late reply ...

> We are having some issue on the packaging of DICOMScope. I thought I could redistribute it under the following license: http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/debian-med/trunk/packages/dicomscope/trunk/debian/copyright

Unfortunately, it's not that easy and we are aware of the fact that the
license/copyright of DICOMscope is a kind of gray area.

For the C/C++ part of DICOMscope which is identical to certain modules of
the DCMTK, it's pretty easy because the license/copyright is well-documented
in the COPYRIGHT file.

For the Java part of DICOMscope, the license/copyright is the one
you've cited (although the copyright date should be something like
"1999-2003"). Maybe, Klaus (see CC) can further comment on that
because he was one of the main developers of the Java part.

> But upon inspection, Charles discover this is not as clear as it seems to
> me(*). Would you mind clearing that for us ?

>> I had a look at the sources of DICOMscope and its homepage, and did not
>> find any mention of its redistribution rights. Since this is in sharp
>> contrast with DCMTK, and since there is a big disclaimer on the
>> homepage warning that DICOMscope is a proof of principle not meant for
>> clinical use, I think that we can not assume that it is
>> redistributable. We need Upstream to properly give a license to it if
>> we want to distribute it in Debian.

The disclaimer on the website, in the about box and the user manual of
DICOMscope does not mean that the software should not be
redistributed. It's just a warning to the user in order to make clear
what the purpose (intended use) of this software is (and what it is
not). So, maybe you should add this disclaimer somewhere to the Debian
package documentation.

Does this help?

Jörg Riesmeier
OFFIS DICOM Team, Escherweg 2, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany
E-Mail: dicom@offis.de, URL: http://dicom.offis.de


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