[License-discuss] [Fedora-legal-list] The license of OpenMotif (Open Group Public License)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Oct 26 19:53:45 UTC 2018

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 3:36 PM Florian Weimer <fw at deneb.enyo.de> wrote:

> "The license must not place restrictions on other software that is
> > distributed along with the licensed software. For example, the license
> > must not insist that all other programs distributed on the same medium
> > must be free software."
> But Debian distributes OpenMotif under this license, next to non-free
> software for which sources are not available.

OpenMotif's license says:

"The rights granted under this license are limited solely to distribution
and sublicensing of the Contribution(s) on, with, or for operating systems
which are themselves Open Source programs."

That makes OpenMotif not DFSG-free, nor OSI-open, nor FSF-free, precisely
because its license violates clause #9.  But since Debian is copying and
distributing the software on and with Debian and for use on Debian, they
are still within the terms of the license.  If you decide to download
OpenMotif from Debian and run it on Windows or Oracle Solaris or z/OS or
what have you, that's between you and the Open Group.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
Adam [...] did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only
because it was forbidden. The mistake was not forbidding the serpent;
then he would have eaten the serpent. --Mark Twain
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