Limited Freeware License question

Edwin Groothuis edwin at
Tue Jan 15 16:28:33 PST 2008

On Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 03:13:25AM +0300, Dmitry Marakasov wrote:
> Hi!
> I want to port a game which requires data released under Limited
> Freeware License
> (
> ---
> The owner of this software reserves all rights granted by copyright.
> However, the owner grants the following rights to users:
> 1) The right to make personal copies of the software.
> 2) The right to distribute the software for free (at no cost) to other
> users.
> No further rights are granted or should be assumed. This includes, but
> is not limited to, the right to create derivative works.
> ---
> The question is: does FreeBSD port fall under `derivative work'?
> I.e. may the data files be installed by it (or should I ask users
> to download files themselves instead) and may the package of such
> a port be created? Port does not modify any datafiles, it just needs
> to download zip and install them to ${DATADIR}.

The port itself (i.e. the Makefile, the patches, the pkg-descr) is
your property, you own the copyright.

A person who installs the port on his computer (who runs "make
install") doesn't make derivative work, he just makes personal

A person who creates packages for further distrubution could creates
a derivative, and therefor is not allowed. See
how to disable that package building part (NO_PACKAGE=foo)

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