Section X, which refers to the GPL, was added on to the original licence
later on by Julian Hall and Simon Tatham.
From: Zak Greant [mailto:zak@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 1:36 PM
To: Frank Kotler
Subject: Re: NASM Licence
It does seem odd. AFAIK open source programs usually have the same
license, regardless of distribution method/platform/etc... Also, if the
product is supposed to be distributed under the GPL, then why the
supplementary add-on licensing information?
At 10:24 AM 10/17/00 -0400, Frank Kotler wrote:
>Zak Greant wrote:
> > This being the first message that I have seen since joining this list
> > days ago, I would guess that all of the OSI members are quite busy with
> > other projects.
> > However, if you repost your license, I would be happy to comment. My
> > uninformed opinions should be just the bait needed to attract better
> > to the discussion. ;)
>Here's an interesting "varient" of the Nasm licence. This is apparently
>what gets packaged with the Debian distribution of Nasm. Named just
>"copyright". I don't know what to think of it.
> Upstream sources of nasm were obtained from
> The original authors are Julian Hall <jules@...> and
>Simon Tatham <anakin@...>.
> nasm was packaged for Debian by Vincent Renardias
><vincent@...>. The current Debian maintainer is Matej Vela
> nasm is distributed under the GNU General Public License.
> Terms and Conditions for the use of the Netwide Assembler
> Can I have the gist without reading the legalese?
> Basically, NASM is free. You can't charge for it. You can copy it
> much as you like. You can incorporate it, or bits of it, into other
> free programs if you want. (But we want to know about it if you do,
> and we want to be mentioned in the credits.) We may well allow you
> to incorporate it into commercial software too, but we'll probably
> demand some money for it, and we'll certainly demand to be given
> credit. And in extreme cases (although I can't immediately think of
> a reason we might actually want to do this) we may refuse to let
> do it at all.
> NASM LICENCE AGREEMENT
> By "the Software" this licence refers to the complete contents of
> the NASM archive, excluding this licence document itself, and
> excluding the contents of the `test' directory. The Netwide
> Disassembler, NDISASM, is specifically included under this licence.
> I. The Software is freely redistributable; anyone may copy the
> Software, or parts of the Software, and give away as many copies as
> they like to anyone, as long as this licence document is kept with
> the Software. Charging a fee for the Software is prohibited,
> although a fee may be charged for the act of transferring a copy,
> and you can offer warranty protection and charge a fee for that.
> II. The Software, or parts thereof, may be incorporated into other
> freely redistributable software (by which we mean software that may
> be obtained free of charge) without requiring permission from the
> authors, as long as due credit is given to the authors of the
> Software in the resulting work, as long as the authors are informed
> of this action if possible, and as long as those parts of the
> Software that are used remain under this licence.
> III. Modified forms of the Software may be created and distributed
> as long as the authors are informed of this action if possible, as
> long as the resulting work remains under this licence, as long as
> the modified form of the Software is distributed with documentation
> which still gives credit to the original authors of the Software,
> and as long as the modified form of the Software is distributed
> a clear statement that it is not the original form of the Software
> in the form that it was distributed by the authors.
> IV. The Software, or parts thereof, may be incorporated into other
> software which is not freely redistributable (i.e. software for
> which a fee is charged), as long as permission is granted from the
> authors of the Software. The authors reserve the right to grant
> permission only for a fee, which may at our option take the form of
> royalty payments. The authors also reserve the right to refuse to
> grant permission if they deem it necessary. For further information
> about who exactly the authors are, see clause XI below.
> V. The Software may be incorporated, in its original archive form,
> into software collections or archives which are not freely
> redistributable, as long as it is clearly stated that the Software
> itself remains freely redistributable and remains under this
> and no other. Such collections are deemed not to fall under article
> IV of this licence.
> VI. Object files or programs generated by the Software as output do
> not fall under this licence at all, and may be placed under any
> licence the author wishes. The authors explicitly lay no claim to,
> and assert no rights over, any programs written by other people and
> assembled into object form by the Software.
> VII. You may not copy, modify or distribute the Software except
> under the terms given in this licence document. You may not
> sublicense the Software or in any way place it under any other
> licence than this one. Since you have not signed this licence, you
> are not of course required to accept it; however, no other licence
> applies to the Software, and nothing else grants you any permission
> to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Software in any way.
> These actions are therefore prohibited if you do not accept this
> VIII. There is no warranty for the Software, to the extent
> by applicable law. The authors provide the Software "as is" without
> warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but
> limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
> a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality and
> performance of the Software is with you. Should the Software prove
> defective, you assume the cost of all necessary servicing, repair
> IX. In no event, unless required by applicable law or agreed to in
> writing, will any of the authors be liable to you for damages,
> including any general, special, incidental or consequential
> arising out of the use or the inability to use the Software,
> including but not limited to loss of data or data being rendered
> inaccurate or a failure of the Software to operate with any other
> programs, even if you have been advised of the possibility of such
> X. In addition to what this Licence otherwise provides, the
> may be distributed in such a way as to be compliant with the GNU
> General Public Licence, as published by the Free Software
> Cambridge, MA, USA; version 2, or, at your option, any later
> incorporated herein by reference. You must include a copy of this
> Licence with such distribution. Furthermore, patches sent to the
> authors for the purpose of inclusion in the official release
> are considered cleared for release under the full terms of this
> XI. The authors of NASM are the original authors (Simon Tatham and
> Julian Hall) and all those who the original authors feel have
> contributed significantly to the overall project. If you wish to
> contact the authors, Julian Hall (jules@...) should be
> first port of call.
> XII. Should any part of this agreement be deemed unenforcable, it
> intended that the remainder of the agreement be held in force.
> END OF LICENCE AGREEMENT
> On Debian systems the complete text of the GNU General Public
>License can be found in `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL'.