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Re: [Meme-suite] Free software license for MEME?

Hi Nilesh,

Thanks for your suggestion. We do periodically consider this, but for the time being we’re sticking with the current license for the MEME Suite.


> On Mar 24, 2021, at 4:13 AM, Nilesh Patra <nilesh@debian.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> Thanks for all your work on MEME :-)
> We actually were willing to package MEME inside Debian, so that folks
> using Debian or derivatives could simply: "$sudo apt-get install meme"
> And use your great work with ease!
> However, we experience a problem - The current license for MEME states:
> """
> Those  desiring to  incorporate this  software into commercial
> products  or use for  commercial  purposes  should contact the
> Technology  Transfer  Office,  University of California,   San
> Diego,  9500 Gilman Drive,  La Jolla,  California, 92093-0910,
> Phone: (858) 534-5815.
> """
> This actually ends up going against the Debian Free software
> Guidelines[1] (point no. 6 - The license must not restrict anyone from making
> use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may
> not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being
> used for genetic research),
> and makes it harder (if not impossible) to package and vendor this
> software in the archive.
> Could you please modify the license and allow "everyone" to freely copy,
> modify, and distribute the software?
> Or make it free software for everyone? Or even better use a free
> software in parcticular DFSG compatible license[2]?
> Please do let us know.
> [1]: https://www.debian.org/social_contract (scroll downwards to see DFSG)
> [2]: https://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses
> Thanks and regards,
> Nilesh
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