[Fedora-legal-list] Is the Dxflib license free?

Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Tue Oct 18 14:13:17 UTC 2011

On 10/17/2011 03:07 PM, Volker Fröhlich wrote:
> The headers in the various file mention GPLv2. With all the rubble in the 
> license, around mentioning it was GPLv2, is this certainly free software?

No, this license mess is non-free. In it, it says:

"and the GPL-based source code must be made available upon request"

A free software license cannot force a user to distribute source code
except in limited circumstances (when a corresponding binary is
distributed, or deployed as a network service).  See the FSF's
comments on the original nonfree Apple Public Source License:

There are other areas that make this beast non-free, but this is perhaps
the most glaring.


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