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Re: Please enable free redistribution of Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score

Dear Richard,

On Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 02:23:31PM +1300, Richard and Emma Roxburgh wrote:
> Dear Andreas
> I'm flattered that Debian is approaching me again about this 10 years later.

... and again. :-)

> The program is used widely and freely by anyone who wants to - hundreds of
> citations to date is strong evidence of this.

I noticed that the homepage 


is not available (the host www-gene.cimr.cam.ac.uk does not seem to be

> I do not see that there is a problem that needs fixing
> So I do not intend to change the way that MSSS test is available

I would welcome if MSSS test would be put under a free license anyway -
since than Debian could include it into the official distribution and
it would become more visible to users.  In case the issue with the
homepage is not temporarily that could be some advantage.

Kind regards


> Richard
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas Tille [mailto:andreas@an3as.eu] 
> Sent: Monday, 11 January 2016 8:43 p.m.
> To: Richard Roxburgh; Debian Med Project List
> Subject: Please enable free redistribution of Multiple Sclerosis Severity
> Score
> Hi Richard,
> I'm writing you on behalf of the Debian Med team a group inside Debian that
> has the objective to make Debian the best distribution for medicine and
> biology by packaging according software for main Debian.  Following this
> attitude we have created Debian packages of mssstest[1].
> The thing is that the licensing statement says:
>    Anyone may copy it but no one may sell it.
> which is a restriction that is regarded as non-free according to the Debian
> Free Software Guidelines.  So mssstest was never part of the official Debian
> distribution.
> We would like you to reconsider the restriction under the following
> considerations:
>  - Did you earned a mentionable amount of money by selling mssstest
>    yourself?
>  - Do you consider that anybody else would earn a mentionable amount
>    of money by selling a freely licensed program?
>  - Would you agree that it is in the interest of mssstest code and
>    the users to have a free distribution inside Debian?
> It would be great if you would simply drop the restriction and enable us to
> integrate mssstest into Debian properly.
> Kind regards
>       Andreas.
> [1] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/mssstest
> --
> http://fam-tille.de


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