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[gNewSense-users] more x-org stuff

From: Brian Kemp
Subject: [gNewSense-users] more x-org stuff
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:36:11 -0500

Pitof writes:

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.

This one is most likely freedom-limiting.

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.

This is basically "perform due dilligence" and seems to be CYA. It
doesn't say you can't do it, but that you MAY need a license, and that
it's YOUR job that find that out.

I don't think this is inherently non-free--it says "the regulatory
compliance is on you."

* 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.

Depends on how the work is licensed, but I think this one is
definitely non-free, (if not also wrong).

You own copyrights on derivative works that I create just because you say so?

Regardless of whether this would actually hold up in court, this one
should be slated for removal.  Intent speaks volumes.

This, were it to hold, allows OpenVision to dictate the license terms
of a derivative work I write.


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