Bug 181060 - Includes package with bad license - floatflt
Includes package with bad license - floatflt
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: tetex (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-02-12 10:41 EST by Michael A. Peters
Modified: 2013-07-02 19:14 EDT (History)
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Description Michael A. Peters 2006-02-12 10:41:54 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20060202 Fedora/1.0.7-1.2.fc4 Firefox/1.0.7

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That's from


where it is marked "nosell" at the license

Downloading the zip and looking at the readme - it says

Anyone is free to re-distribute these files provided the restrictions
mentioned in 'floatflt.ins' are obeyed.  These are mainly that the 
two files always must be distributed together and that noone is 
allowed to distribute the files for profit.

I'm pretty sure that means it has to be excluded from Fedora - unless the author has made an exception somewhere about being a minor part in a larger work.

The .ins file says:

%  user(s) of your file(s).  You may freely distribute the
%  files floatflt.dtx and floatflt.ins, provided: 1. You do not
%  take money for the distribution or use of these files except
%  for a nominal charge for diskettes and postage; and 2. You
%  always distribute `floatflt.dtx' and `floatflt.ins' together
%  at the same time. 

which could be a problem for Fedora resellers.

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Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2006-02-13 04:14:53 EST
Sorry, IANAL, but the head in the floatflt.sty says:

%% The original source files were:
%% floatflt.dtx  (with options: `paketkod')
%% Copyright 1994-1998 Mats Dahlgren <matsd@sssk.se>
%% This work may be distributed and/or modified under the
%% conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License, either version 1.3
%% of this license or (at your option) any later version.
%% The latest version of this license is in
%%   http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt
%% and version 1.3 or later is part of all distributions of LaTeX
%% version 2003/12/01 or later.

from which I see the generated floatflt.sty is under LaTeX license and
floatflt.dtx isn't shipped at all in the tetex-* packages.

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