[tex-live] License auditing: Consequences

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Wed Sep 6 20:39:58 CEST 2006

Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

>> > i tend to let such packages stand, provided they have the standard
>> > rubric "or any later version, at your convenience".
>> I had at least one without such a rubric.  I'm not sure whether this has
>> been resolved meanwhile.
> probably not, but without even knowing what packages you're looking
> at, it's difficult to say.

Ah, it's varwidth.sty, by Donald Arseneau, with

| % Copyright 2003 by Donald Arseneau (asnd at triumf.ca).
| % This software is released under the terms of the LaTeX Project Public 
| % License  (ftp://ctan.tug.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/base/lppl.txt).
| % (Essentially: Free to use, copy, distribute (sell) and change, but, if
| % changed, the name must be changed.)

No "or later", but the file that's currently behind that link does not
require renaming if you do the "identify to the user" stuff.  That's
contradictory, and we don't know which older version he referred to (we
can only guess if we know what was there in 2003, but I fear that

Anyway, I'm not going to remove files from Debian with such a reasoning.
Even if it had only the one sentence after "Essentially", it would be
free IMO, so the intention is clear, and this I trust every judge will
also find, at least where I live.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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