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markfisch (05-31-19, 05:39 PM)
Hi there,

probably that's the wrong list for that question but I didn't find a
better one - hints are welcome.

When I asked ActiveState for which components of ActivePerl I will need
a license to distribute an open source application, they answered:

"Any and all of what you get by downloading ActivePerl Community Edition
from us is governed by ActiveState's license. You can't take a component
that you got from ActivePerl and distribute it."

I think that's a violation of the Perl license, and even
"Copyright.html" from the ActivePerl installation contains:

"ActiveState Software Inc. has chosen to use all Open Source content in
the ActivePerl Package under the terms of the Artistic License [...] All
other components included in the ActivePerl Package are original works
of ActiveState Software Inc., and may be used under the terms of the
ActiveState Community Edition Software License Agreement."

In my understanding, Copyright.html tells me that only "other
components" are subject to the ActiveState Community Edition Software
License.

So how can they tell me that I need a license for "Any and all of what I
get by downloading ActivePerl Community Edition"?

I then sent another mail with the request for clarification, but
received no further answer, which I find quite unfriendly.

An online search yielded the following statements from ActiveState people:

"redistribution of some, or
all, of ActivePerl will require the consent of ActiveState"

The opposite written by "anisotropic" (Tech Support @ ActiveState):


Since they stopped speaking to me, what could I do next to clarify this?

Mark
John SJ Anderson (05-31-19, 06:03 PM)
> probably that's the wrong list for that question but I didn't find a better one - hints are welcome.

Yes, this is very much not the right list for this.

I would suggest posting this to the Perl 5 Porters list; it’s probably the best venue to get an answer to your question.

<https://lists.perl.org/list/perl5-porters.html>

chrs,
john.
markfisch (05-31-19, 06:44 PM)
> I would suggest posting this to the Perl 5 Porters list; it’s probably
> the best venue to get an answer to your question.
>


Thanks for the hint although the description "people interested in Perl5
core development" and the currently discussed topics do not give me the
impression that I am better off there.

I'll try it there if there's no alternative.

Mark
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