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Bug#596511: ITP: simon -- Open source speech recognition

Peter Grasch <grasch@simon-listens.org> writes:

>  Hi!
>> One conclusion from earlier discussions about the Julius license on
>> debian-legal was that it was non-free:
>> http://www.mail-archive.com/debian-legal@lists.debian.org/msg40898.html
>> The thread isn't completely clear to me what the exact problem is
>> though...
> As far as I can work out the ambiguous advertising clause is the
> problem (as well as possibly clause 5 but that seems to be open for
> discussion).
> I agree that this clause is quite badly worded and already asked about
> it in the Julius forums (I am "bedahr"):
> http://julius.sourceforge.jp/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=644-
> But I never got a reply.


>> Is Julius dynamically linked to Simon?  I wonder whether GPLv2 is
>> compatible with the Julius license.
> Yes it is. The simon license contains a special exception to allow this.
> This is also covered here:
> http://www.simon-listens.org/wiki/index.php/Licensing

It refers to 'under certain conditions as described in each individual
source file' but I cannot find conditions described in any of a random
sample I made of source code files in Simon?  Can you point to one file
that has the conditions?  All source code files that are built into a
package linked to Julius needs to have the exception, I believe,
otherwise the file is under the GPLv2+ only without the exception.

Also, any external GPL code that Simon links to needs to have the same
exception.  Is there any external GPL code?


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