[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#489039: closed by Holger Levsen <holger at layer-acht.org> (Re: Bug#489039: ttf-liberation: possibly undistributable)

Francesco Poli frx at firenze.linux.it
Thu Jul 3 17:38:55 UTC 2008

On Thu, 03 Jul 2008 07:39:41 +0000 Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:

> Hi,
> On Thursday 03 July 2008 01:08, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > "Exception" 1(b), as mentioned in debian/copyright is still present:
> > | (b) As a further exception, any distribution of the object code of the
> > | Software in a physical product must provide you the right to access and
> > | modify the source code for the Software and to reinstall that modified
> > | version of the Software in object code form on the same physical product
> > | on which you received it.
> > However, this is not a further permission with respect to the GNU GPL
> > v2: it's a further restriction.
> I dont see how this a restriction, it just a rewording of the rights you have 
> anyway.

AFAICT, the GNU GPL v2 does not mandate that redistributors grant any
right to reinstall modified versions of the work on the same physical
The GNU GPL v3 goes in this direction, but there was no such attempt in

> > This creates a self-contradictory license, as discussed on
> > the above cited debian-legal threads.
> Where you where the lone "player"...

I don't think I was alone.

Wesley J. Landaker agrees that the "exception" is GPL incompatible,
even though he doesn't buy the invalid-license argument:

MJ Ray thinks the "exception" is not an exception, but a restriction
and adds that this results in an invalid license:

Ben Finney seems to confirm:

 The nano-document series is here!
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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