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Bug 397485 - app-text/noweb license
Summary: app-text/noweb license
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: TeX project
: 398143 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-01-03 10:33 UTC by Ben Sagal
Modified: 2012-01-08 22:45 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

COPYRIGHT file from noweb-2.11b.tgz (COPYRIGHT,1.11 KB, text/plain)
2012-01-03 12:00 UTC, Ulrich Müller

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Description Ben Sagal 2012-01-03 10:33:44 UTC
the app-text/noweb states the license is freedist, which implies there it is free to distribute but not to change,
the license (from the end of the Readme file as appended blow) seems to imply that modification is permitted:

Noweb is copyright 1989-2006 by Norman Ramsey.  All rights reserved.                                                                                                        
You may use and distribute noweb for any purpose, for free.  You may                                                                                                        
modify noweb and create derived works, provided you retain the                                                                                                              
copyright notice, but the result may not be called noweb without my                                                                                                         
written consent.  You may not sell noweb itself, but you may do                                                                                                             
anything you like with programs created with noweb.
Comment 1 Jeroen Roovers (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-01-03 10:54:09 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> the app-text/noweb states the license is freedist, which implies there it is
> free to distribute but not to change

No, "freedist" implies that it's freely distributable, as $PORTDIR/licenses/freedist tells us. Nowhere does that license say anything about making changes.
Comment 2 Ben Sagal 2012-01-03 11:00:28 UTC
from $PORTDIR/profiles/license_groups

># The following are NOT valid in @MISC-FREE:
># freedist - Doesn't grant the right to do modifications.

however the above license is free
Comment 3 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2012-01-03 12:00:09 UTC
Created attachment 297777 [details]
COPYRIGHT file from noweb-2.11b.tgz

Attached is the COPYRIGHT file from the tarball. Is this a free software license? It looks mostly o.k., but I'm a bit worried about the last sentence:

"You must also request that bug reports on your work be reported to you."

Does this pass the "Desert Island" test? (The recipient of such a derived work may be unable to send bug reports at all.)
Comment 4 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2012-01-07 08:41:34 UTC
Debian has approved it as free (and maybe we shouldn't be more picky than they are). Their discussion is here:

So the plan would be:
- Commit the text from attachment 297777 [details] as licenses/noweb
  and update the app-text/noweb ebuilds.
- Add noweb to the @MISC-FREE license group.

Any objections?
Comment 5 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2012-01-08 13:14:02 UTC
*** Bug 398143 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***