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Re: Advice on packaging SAGE

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> writes:

> It is exactly because it is anyway wrong to not cite authors that it is
> better to leave the requirement out of the licence. When we publish
> scientific articles, we do not put a disclaimer on the top saying "if
> you read this article, you must properly cite it if you re-use some
> results or concepts in your research."

> Having that kind or requirement in licences has multipls consequences:

> - It makes the software non-compliant to the DFSG.

Why?  I don't see anything in the DFSG that says that licenses may not
require citing authors, and in fact many DFSG-free licenses require that
one preserve copyright statements or authorship information.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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