[hypermail] Re: license in archive/

From: Bernhard Reiter <bernhard_at_intevation.de_at_hypermail-project.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 18:16:24 +0200
Message-ID: <20020804161624.GE18495_at_intevation.de>

On Sat, Aug 03, 2002 at 02:19:21PM -0700, Peter C. McCluskey wrote:
> bernhard_at_intevation.de (Bernhard Reiter) writes:
> >This license statement forbits commercial use and thus is a
> >proprietory software license incompatible with the GNU GPL.
> >It does not seems to be a derivate work of hypermail, thus the
> >license seems to be possible. However it not being Free Software
> >there are three options:=20
> > - Ask Kent Landfield to change the license
> > - Remove it from the hypermail tarball=20
> > - Reimplement it as Free Software.
> It would be nice if Kent changed the license to GPL, but I don't want
> to require that all programs distributed in the tarball be GPL'd. I'm
> inclined to just change the README to indicate that the main program is
> GPL'd, but some programs in the archive and contrib directories have
> different licenses. Why would we need to do more than that?

Because distribution would need to rip the non-free parts out which is more work this will probably we a nail in hypermails image if people then correctly say that the hypermail tarball is not completly Free Software. Furthermore it is not really in the spirit of Free Software. Changing the readme will make it less missleading, still people might believe hypermail is Free Software. If they find out that it is not completely they probably give up on hypermail completely.

Received on Mon 05 Aug 2002 04:46:26 PM GMT

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