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Re: [gNewSense-users] PFV call for help.

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] PFV call for help.
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 21:29:02 +1030

On Wed, 2008-01-23 at 17:31 +0800, Christophe Jarry wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I think the license of xserver-xorg-driver-nsc isn't free because the 
> section containing: "Under CURRENT (2001) U.S. export regulations this 
> software is eligible for export from the U.S. and can be downloaded by 
> or otherwise exported or reexported worldwide EXCEPT to U.S. embargoed 
> destinations which include Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, 
> Sudan, Afghanistan and any other country to which the U.S. has embargoed 
> goods and services." may not suit freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute 
> copies so you can help your neighbor. So i disagree with bbrian 
> regarding this point.

according to this link [1], dapper is the only version of ubuntu with
this package. i dont know if the code is gone after this, or just
renamed, but its handy to note.


> Moreover, I think the license of krb5 
> (
> has two unclear sections regarding freedom:
> * line 18-21: "Export of this software from the United States of America 
> may require
> a specific license from the United States Government.  It is the
> responsibility of any person or organization contemplating export to
> obtain such a license before exporting."
> This section may not suit freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies 
> so you can help your neighbor.
> * line 81-83: "OpenVision
>    also retains copyright to derivative works of the Source Code, whether
>    created by OpenVision or by a third party." I think this could threat 
> this software freedom.

Forwarded this query to debian-legal for their opionions (no their not
lawyers, but licences their thing, and its also a debian problem).
They are also only going ot look at it from a DFSG freeness perspective,
but if it fails that, it fails the FSFs 4.


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