Debian Social Contract III

The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

  • No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

    The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

  • Distribution of License
    The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.
  • License Must Not Be Specific to Debian

    The rights attached to the program must not depend on the program’s being part of a Debian system. If the program is extracted from Debian and used or distributed without Debian but otherwise within the terms of the program’s license, all parties to whom the program is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the Debian system.

  • License Must Not Contaminate Other Software

    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.

  • Example Licenses

    The http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html -> GPL, http://www.debian.org/misc/bsd.license -> BSD, and http://www.perl.com/pub/a/language/misc/Artistic.html -> Artistic licenses are examples of licenses that we consider free.

  • The concept of stating our social contract with the free software community was suggested by Ean Schuessler. This document was drafted by Bruce Perens, refined by the other Debian developers during a month-long e-mail conference in June 1997, and then http://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/debian-announce-1997/msg00017.html -> accepted as the publicly stated policy of the Debian Project.

    Bruce Perens later removed the Debian – specific references from the Debian Free Software Guidelines to create http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php ->The Open Source Definition.

    Other organizations may derive from and build on this document. Please give credit to the Debian project if you do.

    Suggestion but not contractual: We highly recommend that you make sure relations with your neighbors are sound before signing the contract. This is for not only their consideration but for yours and for those who you sell to. We recommend reading over a variety of articles such as this one to smooth out any kinks your have in your relationship with your next door neighbors.

    ** Update **
    I have taken the time to review all of this information. It seems like it is pretty standard stuff. As always you should read over anything you are going to agree to completely to ensure your own satisfaction.

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