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Re: [gNewSense-users] contrasted with...

From: Peter Rock
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] contrasted with...
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:40:59 +0800

On 10/25/07, Markus Laire <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 10/25/07, Peter Rock <address@hidden> wrote:
> >
> >
> > "Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
> >   documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, pro-
> >   vided that the above copyright notice appear..."
> >
> > In this example, the word "and" before "without fee" makes it free
> > software as far as I can tell. But the "python-numeric" package is
> > missing that "and" which seems to make it mean you can only distribute
> > it for no charge.
> I don't think that that "and" changes meaning at all. IMHO you can
> distribute this "python-pgsql" only for no charge.

To me, the "and" indicates a separate term of agreement. This makes
the "for any purpose" include "to make money" as a purpose. If I'm
allowed to distribute "for any purpose" then I don't see how I can be
told that I'm not allowed to distribute with the purpose of making
money from that distribution.

But without the "and" the "for any purpose" goes hand-in-hand with
"without fee". That is, you can only distribute so long as it is for
no charge.

Does this make sense?

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