[Pkg-db-devel] Bug#256332: Clarification of redistribution
Brian M. Carlson
"Brian M\. Carlson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
Thu, 8 Jul 2004 19:52:50 +0000
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[CC'ing debian-legal for their opinion]
On Wednesday 30 June 2004 14:44, Michael Olson wrote:
> Thanks for your message. You wrote:
> > Good morning. I am one of the Debian maintainers for the Berkeley
> > DB packages. One of our users recently noticed a discrepancy
> > between http://www.sleepycat.com/docs/sleepycat/legal.html and
> > http://www.sleepycat.com/docs/sleepycat/license.html . The former
> > (legal.html) states:
> > Permission to use this publication or portions of this publication
> > is granted by Sleepycat Software provided that the above copyright
> > notice appears in all copies and that use of such publications
> > is for non-commercial use only and no modifications of the
> > publication is made.
> > while the latter (license.html) has no such restriction on
> > commercial use and http://sleepycat.com/download/index.shtml makes
> > no reference to commercial use being prohibited.
> > Could you please clarify this point?
> Thanks for calling this to our attention. I believe that Keith
> Bostic here has been in touch with others on the Debian project about
> this same issue.
> The problematic language you cite above, prohibiting commercial use,
> is an artifact of an old publishing contract we had for a book that
> is no longer in print. That restriction is no longer important, and
> we are glad to remove the language from the Web site. In fact, with
> our 4.3 release, we'll be releasing the entire doc set under a
> Creative Commons license (their "attribution share-alike" license),
> which encourages collaboration, requires sharing and permits
> commercial and non-commercial use on non-discriminatory terms.
> Sleepycat won't enforce any non-commercial prohibition; the language
> is an error.
> We'll be making our 4.3 release available soon, and will absolutely
> change the site then. Is this explanation and assurance sufficient?
Actually, the Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike Licenses from=20
Creative Commons are not DFSG-free. See the summary on debian-legal=20
. It would probably work best if you just licensed the docs under=20
the same license as the code.
If you do insist in licensing under the Attribution Share-Alike license,=20
then Debian will not be able to distribute the documentation, which is=20
a shame, considering that I use them plenty.
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