Teeworlds license is non-free. It should be in multiverse.

Bug #520003 reported by mclaud2000
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teeworlds (Debian)
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teeworlds (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: teeworlds

Hello

In the copyright file of teeworlds, the 4th item in the license:

4. Neither this software nor any of its individual components, in original
or modified versions, may be sold by itself.

This makes teeworlds non-free software, because as stated in http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html : "you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone anywhere."

Please move it to the multiverse repository.

summary: - Teeworlds license is non-free. It should be in the multiverse.
+ Teeworlds license is non-free. It should be in multiverse.
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Christoph Egger (christoph-egger) wrote :

If you look more closely you'll notice that this clause is also present in the OFL in the same way which is considered free by both, the FSF and Debian. Point being that you can easily bundle the software and then be allowed again to sell.

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Ansgar Burchardt (aburch) wrote :

The Artistic license has also a similar clause:

"5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this Package. You may charge any fee you choose for support of this Package. You may not charge a fee for this Package itself. However, you may distribute this Package in aggregate with other (possibly commercial) programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial) software distribution provided that you do not advertise this Package as a product of your own. [...]"

It allows charging a copying fee, but not selling the software itself.

Changed in teeworlds (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in teeworlds (Debian):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in teeworlds (Debian):
status: Invalid → New
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mclaud2000 (mclaud2000-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

Thanks for your comments, but I still think the license of the Teeworlds program is free, here's my to your comments:

Christoph Egger: I read the OFL and the commentary of the FSF at http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#Fonts but the FSF nor SIL recommend to use it for software, only for fonts.

Ansgar Burchardt: You're talking about the Artistic License 1.0 http://www.perlfoundation.org/artistic_license_1_0 . That license isn't considered as a free software license by the FSF http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#NonFreeSoftwareLicense, only the version 2.0 http://www.perlfoundation.org/artistic_license_2_0

Again, thanks for your interest.

PS. I marked the bug as invalid because I thought that Ansgar Burchard proved my bug invalid, then I found the text of the artistic license 2.0. I apologize for my lack of research.

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mclaud2000 (mclaud2000-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

In the previous comment:

Thanks for your comments, but I still think the license of the Teeworlds program ISN'T free, here's my to your comments:

My bad.

Changed in teeworlds (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → New
Revision history for this message
Ansgar Burchardt (aburch) wrote : Re: [Bug 520003] Teeworlds license is non-free. It should be in multiverse.

mclaud2000 <email address hidden> writes:

> Ansgar Burchardt: You're talking about the Artistic License 1.0
> http://www.perlfoundation.org/artistic_license_1_0 . That license isn't
> considered as a free software license by the FSF
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#NonFreeSoftwareLicense,
> only the version 2.0 http://www.perlfoundation.org/artistic_license_2_0

While it is seen an non-free by the FSF, it is considered as a free
software license by Debian [1].

Regards,
Ansgar

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/381729#8

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Fail2Ban (failtoban) wrote :

Switching to "Invalid" as per http://bugs.debian.org/381729

Changed in teeworlds (Debian):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in teeworlds (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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