Thursday, March 30, 2006

IBPP/Flamerobin license hopefully solved

The IBPP License 1.0 had[1] problems with Debian.

Looking at http://www.ibpp.org/license however I see a different license.

To me it looks like Expat[2], with the following changes:

1) text

to deal in the Software without restriction, including without
limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software

changed to

to use the Software as part of another work; to modify it for that
purpose; to publish or distribute it, modified or not, for that same
purpose;

2) "this permission notice" changed to "this complete and unmodified
permission notice"

3) added "You will not misrepresent modified versions of the Software
as being the original."

4) removed capitalisation of the no-warranty text.

The requirement to use IBPP only as part of another work is so easily
worked-around, that is practically of no legal value. Not that see any
problem with it.

Olivier, is this the intented license for IBPP 2.5?
If yes, I should consult once again with debian-legal (just in case).


dam
[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/03/msg00346.html
[2] http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt

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Damyan Ivanov


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