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[Lapack] LAPACK 3.2.1 - file INSTALL/ psfig.tex - license

Dear Julie,

                I just checked LAPACK 3.4.0 and 3.4.2. Both still contain the 
file INSTALL / psfig.text.

But, LAPACK 3.5.0 is fine.

With best regards,

From: julie [mailto:julie@Domain.Removed]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:12 PM
To: Schnizer, Monika
Cc: lapack@Domain.Removed; Wagner, John (FSE); Zimmiak, Knut
Subject: Re: [Lapack] LAPACK 3.2.1 - file INSTALL/ psfig.tex - license

Dear Monika.
Indeed, psfig.tex belongs to the psfig software. This file was included in 
older LAPACK packages in the INSTALL directory.
We fixed this when we released LAPACK 3.4.0
None of the versions released after LAPACK 3.4.0 contain this psfig.tex file.
Hope it helps
On Feb 10, 2015, at 6:30 AM, Schnizer, Monika 
<monika.schnizer@Domain.Removed<mailto:monika.schnizer@Domain.Removed>> wrote:

Dear developers of lapack,

                please let me point to a smaller legal issue. Maybe you could 
get rid of it.
The file INSTALL / psfig.text in lapack 3.2.1 says that it can be only used in 
a non-profit way and it cannot be distributed as part of a commercial product.

%All software, documentation, and related files in this distribution of
% psfig/tex are Copyright 1987, 1988 Trevor J. Darrell
% Permission is granted for use and non-profit distribution of psfig/tex
% providing that this notice be clearly maintained, but the right to
% distribute any portion of psfig/tex for profit or as part of any commercial

% product is specifically reserved for the author.

This is a little bit odd, because lapack itsself is under BSD 3-clause.
A user creating a commercial product using lapack would possibly not think that 
it may contain a file
that should not be shipped integrated in a commercial product (NOTE: there 
exist various ideas on what commercial is.
We must apply a common broad understanding that  commercial is anything a 
company ships, even if it does not cost anything.)

Of course, you as a provider of LAPACK do not break the non-profit license.

On the other hand, not all of LAPACK is BSD 3-clause then.

Maybe you see a way to clean this up?

Let me thank you in advance for any information on this issue.

Sent from my Fujitsu LIFEBOOK E780

With best regards

Monika Schnizer
Senior Software Developer
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