[tex-live] licensing issues with sorhyph.tex

Eduard Werner edi.werner at gmx.de
Tue Jun 28 12:37:39 CEST 2005

Dear all,

Wutoru 28 junija 200508:08, frank pisaše:
> Dear Edward,
> Werner LEMBERG <wl at gnu.org> wrote:
> > Edward,
> >
> >
> > to include your sorhyph.tex in the TeXLive distribution (and teTeX) we
> > need a license which isn't as restrictive as the current one you have
> > in the file:
> >
> >   % Non-commercial usage and usage in TeX-related programs only
> >   % Packaging with commercial stuff only with written permission
> >   % of the author

This was merely a quick notice for my first version that only I used anyway. 
Then, I clean forgot about it.

> I think we owe an explanation *why* this license is too restrictive.
> The problem is that free TeX systems like TeXLive (or Linux
> distributions with teTeX) often *do* get sold.  Even if there is just a
> TeXLive CD as an add-on to a book about TeX, for a lawyer this means
> selling TeXLive, and thus selling any file in it.  Similarly, if
> Lehmann's offer a TeXLive CD with their name on it for what is hardly
> more than the cost of distribution, it is still commercial.

See above.

> Therefore, in order to be able to distribute the file with TeX systems,
> the restriction on non-commercial uage must be dropped.

OK. Drop it.

> The second restriction, TeX-related, is problematic, too:  First of all,
> it is quite hard to define.  Furthermore, I personally don't see why it
> shouldn't be used in other Free Software, e.g. in competitors like lout
> or OpenOffice.

The hyphenation patterns for OO are based on this.

> > What do you think about using the LPPL?
> I would also suggest that, either the current version (1.3a) or "version
> 1.3a or later".

No objection. Please put it under the LPPL 1.3a or newer.



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