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 Re: Question(s) for clarifications with respect to the LPPL discussion Roozbeh Pournader <[log in to unmask]> Mon, 22 Jul 2002 09:16:05 +0430 TEXT/PLAIN (47 lines) ```(Please CC me on answers: I'm not a member of debian-legal.) On Fri, 19 Jul 2002, Frank Mittelbach wrote: > Concern 1: requiring a change of filename in case of modification > in case of distribution > ================================================================= > > this seems to me the major stumbling point for most people and > (unfortunately the most important point for us) I believe the only way to rethink this is this quote, from :   The LaTeX Project Public License     [...]     The reason this requirement is acceptable for LaTeX is that LaTeX has     a facility to allow you to map file names, to specify ``use file bar     when file foo is requested''. With this facility, the requirement is     merely annoying; without the facility, the same requirement would be     a serious obstacle, and we would have to conclude it makes the     program non-free. Without this, even FSF and RMS would have not classified LPPL 1.2 as a free software license. So Frank, please mention this everywhere you want to prove LPPL is a Free Software license. For debian people: please consider this. I believe this voids many of the intents of the license, as previously mentioned (sysadmins can use this remapping feature to make \documentclass{article} load some other file instead of 'article.cls'), but this is also the reason FSF agreed that it is a free software license. > Argument 3.2: Trademarks and certification marks are tools better suited to > controlling endorsements of conformance with a standard or set > of usage practices. I agree. I still believe that TeX's copyright is a trademark and a software license combined. He could not have said: "Don't use the name TeX if you change this file", if there was not a trade mark on the names TeX, METAFONT, etc (I don't know the exact situation about Knuth's other programs distributed with Debian, like Computer Modern fonts). roozbeh ```