TrueCrypt licensing concern

Ben Finney ben+freedesktop at
Tue Oct 7 15:03:21 PDT 2008

James Westby <jw+debian at> writes:

> On Tue, 2008-10-07 at 11:05 -0400, Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
> > Recently, we had a request to add TrueCrypt to Fedora, and as part of
> > that, we did due diligence on the license. What our legal counsel
> > discovered was truly horrifying: not only was the license non-free, it
> > almost certainly opens the user and the distributor to serious risk of
> > legal action from the copyright holder, even if all conditions of the
> > license are met.
> Also of interest is the Debian RFP
> with links to the debian-legal discussion on the package.

Which seems to come to a contradictory conclusion
<URL:>; i.e.
that the license *is* free under the DFSG. (On a quick reading, I
incline more toward the “non-free” side, but that's not something to
be discussed at length here.)

I'd very much like to see Tom Calloway's reference for *why* the
license terms are such a serious risk; preferably, placed in (or
linked from) the Fedora wiki page where the work is forbidden.

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Ben Finney

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