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Re: [gNewSense-users] PVF and The BSD License Problem

From: Kevin M. Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] PVF and The BSD License Problem
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 10:50:04 -0400
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My personal stance on this:

1.) That clause is annoying.
2.) The Original BSD license is sub-optimum
3.) It's still Free Software.

I don't think this specific package poses any problem in terms of
gNewSense's goals - author attribution is something that is very clearly
approved by the FSF and most Free Software users/activists agree.

The "issue" for RMS is not that the liceses is non-free, just that it
has the unforseen consiquence when bundled into a work of MANY such
licensed projects that it becomes unweildly, but doesn't actually
restrict a user's right to use, modify or redistribute the work.

That's my two cents. :D

Lee McCafferty wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have been checking licences for the PVF project, and am 99% done with
> Main libc section. The final license (libcrypt-blowfish-perl
> <>)
> seems to me to me to be an Original BSD-style license; that is to say
> that it can be freely used in every sense, but contains a version of the
> "obnoxious BSD advertising clause"
> (  I have filed a bug (#00110
> <>), but I feel that this could
> probably be closed very quickly once we have established our position on
> this particular issue. Do we consider this to be a problem or not?
> I may be making a mountain out of a mole-hill, but I think it is worth
> discussing non-copyleft licenses with issues such as this and coming to
> a conclusion on how to treat them. It is obviously an issue for RMS, but
> is it reason enough to remove a potentially useful piece of otherwise
> free software?
> Lee
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