buggNewSense GNU/Linux - Bugs: bug #34590, Blender License Problems


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bug #34590: Blender License Problems

Submitted by:  Jason Self <jxself>
Submitted on:  Tue 18 Oct 2011 06:08:20 PM UTC  
Category: gNewSense 3Severity: 4 - Important
Item Group: All architecturesStatus: In Progress
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Karl Goetz <kgoetz>
Open/Closed: Open

Tue 24 Jan 2012 09:49:51 PM UTC, comment #4:

Hi christopher,
thanks for following up with blender. In the repackage i've done I removed the files, so that is the solution we used. Its good to know going forward it won't be an issue, just for the current tarballs in the wild :)

Karl Goetz <kgoetz>In charge of this item.
Tue 24 Jan 2012 07:33:52 PM UTC, comment #3:

Also, according to Ton, it should be fine to remove the files/directories containing that stuff.

<kaito> paroneayea: i really dont know why i should reply, they can remove the files themselves
<kaito> its ancient history
<kaito> and it appears to me even homebrewn compiled versions

Christopher Allan Webber <cwebber>
Tue 24 Jan 2012 07:31:23 PM UTC, comment #2:

I spoke to Ton Rosendaal on IRC.

These files aren't in any recent releases, are from 3-5 year old files. They aren't in SVN trunk either, and haven't been for years.

Apparently they're from the corporate days of NaN, but they've been cleaned out a while ago from modern blender releases.

Christopher Allan Webber <cwebber>
Tue 24 Jan 2012 09:22:44 AM UTC, comment #1:

I've forwarded this bug to debian, I'll update here when i find out more.
I'm doing a test build with those directories removed, hopefully it will still build ok and we can keep distributing it.

Karl Goetz <kgoetz>In charge of this item.
Tue 18 Oct 2011 06:08:20 PM UTC, original submission:

I found this in the following 4 files:

blender_2.46+dfsg.orig.tar.gz/blender_2.46+dfsg.orig.tar/blender-2.46.orig/release/windows/ installer/02.copyright.txt

blender_2.46+dfsg.orig.tar.gz/blender_2.46+dfsg.orig.tar/blender-2.46.orig/release/windows/ publ_installer/02.copyright.txt



First, in section 1: "Subject to the provisions of this License Agreement, NaN grants You a limited, non-exclusive, personal, non-sublicenseable, non-transferable, revocable license to use the Software at any computer You own or use."

I see that the license is revocable. When compared to the FSF's definition, "In order for these freedoms to be real, they must be permanent and irrevocable as long as you do nothing wrong; if the developer of the software has the power to revoke the license, or retroactively change its terms, without your doing anything wrong to give cause, the software is not free."

Second, in point #2, you can't "(b) modify, decompile, disassemble or reverse-engineer the Software; (c) sublicense, rent, lease, lend, assign or otherwise transfer rights to the Software." Being able to modify the software is an important freedom.

Finally, in point #3: "You are hereby granted permission to copy and distribute the Software without written agreement from NaN, only for non-commercial purposes. Distributing the Software within a restricted non-public environment, such as using a local network in a company or a local network of a university, is considered a 'non-commercial purpose'. This entire License Agreement must appear in and/or accompany all copies of the Software. Distributing the Software 'bundled' in with ANY product is considered to be a 'commercial purpose'."

The problem with that one is that a free program must be available for commercial use, commercial development, and commercial distribution.

Jason Self <jxself>
Project Member


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