[pkg-nvidia-devel] nvidia-cuda-toolkit licensing

Russ Allbery rra at debian.org
Sat Jul 17 23:11:06 UTC 2010

Hello, ftp team,

In addition to the normal graphics driver sort of software, NVIDIA also
has a variety of software for using the GPUs for parallel computing.
We're looking at uploading the CUDA toolkit package, which is one of those

This would be to non-free, like most of the other NVIDIA software, since
it doesn't allow modification.

However, when I reviewed the license terms for this package, I noticed
that it has a term that wasn't present in the license for the regular
graphics drivers, namely:


  This Agreement will continue in effect for two (2) years ("Initial Term)
  after Your initial download and use of the SOFTWARE, subject to the
  exclusive right of NVIDIA to terminate as provided herein. The term of
  this Agreement will automatically renew for successive one (1) year
  renewal terms after the Initial Term, unless either party provides to
  the other party at least three (3) months prior written notice of
  termination before the end of the applicable renewal term.

I'm concerned that this would be a problem for non-free due to our
snapshots and archives of old distributions of Debian.  Have you run into
this sort of thing before with other packages that were aimed at non-free?
Do we have a policy about this sort of clause for non-free software?

Attached below is the complete license.  (Note clause 2.1.3, which is the
clause under which we'd be able to distribute it in non-free.)  Thanks in
advance for guidance on this!

Russ Allbery (rra at debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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