[tex-live] TeX Live 2011 License Audit - Non Free Items [01/02]

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Sat Dec 17 01:58:03 CET 2011

Still re floatflt.  I missed this point the first time around:

    And later, when it says "you may incorporate the code from these
    files in other files", it still doesn't give you permission to
    _modify_ the code that you are incorporating in other files,

That is a good point, but I think it is still finessable.  The license
gives you permission to import, say, bytes 100-200 from floatflt.*.  You
can put whatever you want around it.  If you need to modify something at
byte 150, fine, then consider that you have imported bytes 100-149, and

Again, I don't expect you or your lawyers to change their minds.  These
are not legal arguments.  But I hope you can agree that it is not
completely indefensible for me to consider the license free as it
stands.  TL remains as license-paranoid as ever.

And again, we all agree it would surely be much better for floatflt to
change to a known license.


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