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Re: Please clarify license of LAMARC

Hi Andreas,

I have corrected the copyright/license text throughout and applied
most of your patches.  I don't feel I can apply the patches to use
the distribution Boost and Tinyxml as my users may not be on a
Linux that has them, but I'm perfectly happy if you do.

I did disagree with one of your fixes--rather, it points out a place
where we omitted a standard error check.  I have put the error check in.

I can send you a tarball of the source directory, if that would be
helpful; I will try to do a release within the next few days.

Thanks again for bringing this to my attention, not to mention getting
it into the distribution in the first place!

Best wishes,
Mary Kuhner mkkuhner@uw.edu

On Tue, 5 Dec 2017, Andreas Tille wrote:


I'm writing you on behalf of the Debian Med team which is a group inside
Debian with the objective to package all free software that is relevant
in medicine and life sciences.  Since LAMARC was part of BioLinux (which
seems to be discontinued) we picked up the packaging for official Debian.

I have technically solved the packaging - you might like to inspect the
patches[1] I used.  They are partly to use Debian packaged libraries
tinyxml and boost but others are fixes to get the software build with
latest Gcc version (thanks also to Gert Wollny for the help).

Before I can upload the package to Debian the licensing needs some
clarification.  The file



 Copyright 2002-2005 Mary K. Kuhner, Peter Beerli, and Joseph Felsenstein

 Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 You may obtain a copy of the License at


 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
 See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
 limitations under the License.

However, every single source file contains the text:

 Copyright 2002 Peter Beerli, Mary Kuhner, Jon Yamato and Joseph Felsenstein

 This software is distributed free of charge for non-commercial use
 and is copyrighted.  Of course, we do not guarantee that the software
 works, and are not responsible for any damage you may cause or have.

which conflicts with the license above.  I have not found any licensing
text on your website nor any other hint what license really applies.  I
would like to mention that we can only provide DFSG-free software which
conflicts with the restriction to non-commercial use.  Could you please
clarify which license applies.

Thank you


[1] https://anonscm.debian.org/git/debian-med/lamarc.git/tree/debian/patches


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