[tex-live] License for kdgreek: nosell?

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Sun Oct 11 11:42:04 CEST 2009

"Alexander Cherepanov" <cherepan at mccme.ru> writes:

> And at the bottom of the page we have:
>   See the Copyright of GreekTeX for more information on copying/using
>   the package
> with a link to
> http://www.research.dryllerakis.gr/legal.html#greektex , where there
> is more text about it:
>   Copyright for GreekTeX
>   GreekTeX has been released in the Public Domain. You many freely
>   distribute the package as long as it remains in its original form.
>   You may modify the code provided that all copyright notices remain
>   clearly visible. The program may be used for personal or business
>   use.
>   Permission is hereby granted to ftp artchives to store and
>   distribute the package provided that all the files are made
>   available in their original form.
>   Please contact me should you require to include the package in any
>   other distribution media.
> Taking into account the amount of legal text on the site such 
> confusion seems somewhat strange.

It is also not very clear about whether modification and redistribution
is allowed.  Every second sentence suggests something different.

When Kostis released the package, the GPL was a rather new license and
less well understood than nowadays.  And it may be that using the GPL
was not the first thing he thought of.

Anyway, I hope he gives a comment.  I should think it likely that he is
not all too concerned about the exact licensing terms, as long as it is
sort of free, with sort of correct attribution.  But certainly we can't
second-guess that on our own.

David Kastrup

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