[PYTHON-CRYPTO] Licence issues

Andreas Rottmann a.rottmann at GMX.AT
Fri Sep 6 14:09:04 CEST 2002


I've made a python-crypto Debian package and already have uploaded it
to Debian unstable. Unfortunatly, I was alarmed that parts of the code
are not DFSG (Debian Free Software Guidelines) - Free, meaning an
inclusion of python-crypto (or the non-DFSG-free parts) in the Debian
main distribution would be invalid. The part I was alarmed about was
the RIPEMD implementation:

 * Copyright (c) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 1996, All Rights Reserved
 * The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven makes no representations concerning
 * either the merchantability of this software or the suitability of this
 * software for any particular purpose. It is provided "as is" without
 * express or implied warranty of any kind. These notices must be retained
 * in any copies of any part of this documentation and/or software.

IANAL, but it seems 'All rights reserved' means that all actions
(distribution, modification, ...), unless explicitly stated otherwise
are prohibited. This clearly violates DFSG

I would like to have this clarified, since the LICENCE file in the
source states:

Distribute and use freely; there are no restrictions on further
dissemination and usage except those imposed by the laws of your
country of residence.  This software is provided "as is" without
warranty of fitness for use or suitability for any purpose, express
or implied. Use at your own risk or not at all.

Incorporating the code into commercial products is permitted; you do
not have to make source available or contribute your changes back
(though that would be nice).

Regards, Andy
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