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Bug 614704 - net-analyzer/lft license
Summary: net-analyzer/lft license
Status: UNCONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Netmon Herd
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Reported: 2017-04-04 23:10 UTC by Alessandro Barbieri
Modified: 2017-04-20 21:13 UTC (History)
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Description Alessandro Barbieri 2017-04-04 23:10:21 UTC
Debian have it in the free repository but gentoo no
https://tracker.debian.org/media/packages/l/lft/copyright-2.2-5
Comment 1 Jeroen Roovers (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2017-04-08 08:28:06 UTC
(In reply to Alessandro Barbieri from comment #0)
> Debian have it in the free repository but gentoo no
> https://tracker.debian.org/media/packages/l/lft/copyright-2.2-5

Have you *read* the VOSTROM license?
Comment 2 Alessandro Barbieri 2017-04-08 11:59:19 UTC
I've read it but IANAL, this book 

Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code
Van Lindberg "O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2008 ISBN 1449391109, 9781449391102

consider the license free

https://books.google.it/books?id=1yOFCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA293&lpg=PA293&dq=%22vostrom%22+license&source=bl&ots=iCkJJvbIi7&sig=2UzH6gWvbyTQzzgGXpYT8iqevts&hl=it&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgh9fT45TTAhVfFMAKHbUxDBcQ6AEIOTAD#v=onepage&q=%22vostrom%22%20license&f=false

Debian an Fedora too, what is wrong with Gentoo?
Comment 3 Hanno Böck gentoo-dev 2017-04-08 12:01:47 UTC
I read the license and I also don't see why it should be nonfree. Seems one of the usual permissive licenses. (We're never happy when people make up their own licenses and would prefer if they choose something "default", but an unusual license doesn't make it nonfree.)

Jeroen, can you please explain why you think this license is problematic?
Comment 4 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2017-04-08 13:57:32 UTC
Clause 7 may be problematic:

7.  no permission is granted to distribute, publicly display, or publicly 
perform modifications to the Distribution made using proprietary materials 
that cannot be released in source format under conditions of this license;

Not sure what this implies. Are you allowed to distribute the program if your network router has proprietary firmware?