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Re: DEP licenses

On Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:07:07 +0100 MJ Ray wrote:

> Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 01:35:49PM +0300, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > > consensus that we should do it. However, if no-one objects within a
> > > couple of weeks, I'll add a suggestion to use the Expat license in a
> > > couple of weeks or so.
> I agree that we should suggest the Expat licence.

So do I.

> Also, the Creative Commons licences are not all free software licences.

I personally think that *none* of them[1] meet the DFSG.
Unfortunately, FTP-masters seem to disagree with me...
Anyone who would like to read further details on my view on the topic
could start by taking a look at previous debian-legal discussions[2][3].

[1] excluding the public domain dedication (which is not a license
anyway) and the re-branded licenses (CC-GNU GPL, CC-GNU LGPL, BSD,
which are externally developed CC-re-branded licenses)...
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/09/msg00076.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/09/msg00126.html

> > - please mention the fact that Expat is kinda MIT/X11 with <add the
> >   feature I forgot here>, I feel the "Expat" name can sound weird to a
> >   lot of non -legal readers
> I don't think Expat has any significant additional feature.  Expat is
> usually used as the name to avoid the ambiguity caused by referring to
> MIT, X11 or BSD (each of which has used several very different
> licences over time) and for an explicit inclusion of "associated
> documentation files" as "Software".  However, it's not in
> common-licenses (yet?).

I personally would like to see the Expat license
in /usr/share/common-licenses/.
Please see bug #284340 [4], which was unfortunately tagged wontfix...

[4] http://bugs.debian.org/284340


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