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Bug#473216: texlive-latex-extra: foilhtml.sty undistributable?



On Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:06:09 +0200 Frank Küster wrote:

[...]
> sorry for answering so late, most of the TeX team are on vacation these
> days...

No problem...  ;-)

> 
> Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:
> 
> >   $ head -n 20 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/foilhtml/foilhtml.sty
> >   %%
> >   %% This is file `foilhtml.sty',
> >   %% generated with the docstrip utility.
> >   %%
> >   %% The original source files were:
> >   %%
> >   %% foilhtml.dtx  (with options: `package')
> >   %% 
> >   %% IMPORTANT NOTICE:
> >   %% 
> >   %% For the copyright see the source file.
> >   %% 
> >   %% You are *not* allowed to modify this file.
> >   %% 
> >   %% You are *not* allowed to distribute this file.
> >   %% For distribution of the original source see the terms
> >   %% for copying and modification in the file foilhtml.dtx.
> >   %% 
> >   \ProvidesPackage{foilhtml}
> >   [1998/02/17 v1.2 Sectioning Commands for FoilTeX]
> >
> > It seems I am not allowed to modify this file.
> > This conflicts with DFSG#3.
> 
> This *seems* to conflict with DFSG#3.
> 
> > It seems I am not allowed to distribute this file.
> > This conflicts with DFSG#1.
> 
> Again, it *seems* to.
> 
> This work is under the LPPL (which can be found if you follow
> the hint "For distribution of the original source..."). The LPPL
> (version 1.3b and later) is DFSG-free, but it poses certain restrictions
> on modifications, and on completeness of distribution: You are not
> allowed to distribute a modified "compiled work" (the generated file)
> without the source file.
> 
> You are free to modifiy the source file (following some other
> restrictions in the license on formalities) and distribute it together
> with a changed generated file.
> 
> Therefore this is not a bug, and I'm closing it.

Then the problem is that those two sentences are actually wrong and
misleading.

"You are *not* allowed to modify this file."
is not true, since I *am* allowed to modify this file, provided that I
comply with some (DFSG-free) restrictions included in the license text.

"You are *not* allowed to distribute this file."
is not true, since I *am* allowed to distribute this file, provided
that I comply with some (DFSG-free) restrictions included in the
license text.

> 
> > I failed to find relevant copyright/license info in
> > /usr/share/doc/texlive-latex-extra/copyright
> >
> > What's going on here?
> 
> See
> 
> http://bugs.debian.org/406527

IIUC, the lack of completeness of the debian/copyright file is being
addressed.  I appreciate your effort and I am aware that it's a huge
and time-consuming task.

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