[tex-live] BibTeX economic styles

John R. Hudson j.r.hudson at virginmedia.com
Wed Jan 8 10:47:40 CET 2014

On Wed, 2014-01-08 at 09:36 +0000, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> Arthur Reutenauer <arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org> wrote:
> > > If you are interested in fixing that, contact the maintainers of
> > > the economic package to remove these files, and/or the
> > > maintainers of the package kcb at hss.caltech.edu (KC Border) to
> > > change the license.
> > 
> >   If I may add my grain of salf, it seems pretty clear from the wording
> > of the licence statement that the author really wishes their package to
> > be distributed ("other than distribution costs"), hence it seems likely
> > that they can be convinced to change the terms of the licence if it's
> > represented to them that these very terms prohibit distribution within
> > TeX Live (ironically).
> i think the collection is the work of more than one author -- not from
> attributions, but rather "style", gathered in a cursory skimming of the
> packages, last night or so.
> that said, i've little experience of a request resulting in a change of
> licence; in this case, i wouldn't be surprised if we don't even have
> current addresses of the authors ... a far more fundamental problem.
> fwiw, we had an angry discussion in the uk tug management committee,
> about charging for the first-ever tex live (not called that, back then).
> we had set a price which had a mark-up based on the costs of our first
> run, for members only, but in the event far more were sold, so that we
> made a substantial profit.  the argument was about whether to send a
> refund to those who had bought from the first run...
> i no longer do anything much with uk tug[*] but that episode has left me
> feeling chary of _anything_ non free in the tex world.
> robin, running scared
> [*] there's a suggestion that uk tug should fund a cloud machine for the
> cambridge ctan node.  money ... aaaarrrgh!

I've had a response from Arne who says he was not aware of the issues;
so I have explained my understanding of the issues to him.

Maybe we can move things forward.


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