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Bug#121060: [mpeppler@peppler.org: Re: DBD::Sybase licensing question]

Transcript of email exchange with the DBD::Sybase author.  This package
is now under a DFSG-compliant license and will be uploaded to main.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

----- Forwarded message from Michael Peppler <mpeppler@peppler.org> -----

From: Michael Peppler <mpeppler@peppler.org>
To: Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net>
Subject: Re: DBD::Sybase licensing question

Steve Langasek writes:
 > Michael,
 > On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 09:36:57AM -0800, Michael Peppler wrote:
 > >  > In my continuing efforts to corner the market on Sybase/MS SQL
 > >  > connectivity solutions for Linux, I've begun to look at packaging your
 > >  > DBD::Sybase module for Debian.  In the process, I noticed that the
 > >  > license under which you've released the module contains a restriction on
 > >  > commercial redistribution.  Unfortunately, this restriction renders the
 > >  > license incompatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines
 > >  > <http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines>.
 > >  > In order to provide our users and our partners with an operating system
 > >  > without attached strings, Debian requires that all included software be
 > >  > freely redistributable; many Debian users buy their CD-ROMs from
 > >  > commercial resellers, and we believe it's important to protect this
 > >  > relationship.
 > >  > So I wanted to ask you, have you ever thought about dropping the
 > >  > restriction on redistribution?  I still hope to package DBD::Sybase
 > >  > regardless, for inclusion in Debian's non-free archive; the benefits
 > >  > that my employer and I get from your module make this decision a
 > >  > no-brainer for me.  But I think there would be immense benefit to the
 > >  > Debian community at large if this module could be included in the OS.
 > > I initially put that restriction there by copying the licence that Tim
 > > Bunce used for DBD::Oracle (the latest version of that that I have
 > > here still has that provision).
 > > However, I see that Tim doesn't have that restriction on DBI itself,
 > > so I think I'll drop it too.
 > > I guess that'll be in the 0.94 release (which should happen "soon").
 > I'm glad to hear it!  If you intend to drop the license restriction,
 > would it be too much to ask that you also relicense the 0.93 release?
 > For Debian's purposes, a simple verbal confirmation in email is
 > sufficient, without any need to go through a new release process.  This
 > would allow me to upload the package to Debian today, as opposed to
 > waiting for FreeTDS to catch up with anything that might have changed
 > between 0.93 and 0.94. :)

OK - DBD::Sybase 0.93's licence will now read:

# Copyright (c) 1996-2001   Michael Peppler
#   You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public
#   License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file.
# Based on DBD::Oracle Copyright (c) 1994,1995,1996,1997 Tim Bunce

DBD::Sybase is henceforth distributable under the same terms as perl


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