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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/licenses license-recommendations.html
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:34:11 -0400 (EDT)

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       19/10/12 20:34:11

Modified files:
        licenses       : license-recommendations.html 

Log message:
        Clarify the special case for libraries that handle formats that
        compete with nonfree standards.


Index: license-recommendations.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/licenses/license-recommendations.html,v
retrieving revision 1.39
retrieving revision 1.40
diff -u -b -r1.39 -r1.40
--- license-recommendations.html        15 Dec 2018 14:02:37 -0000      1.39
+++ license-recommendations.html        13 Oct 2019 00:34:11 -0000      1.40
@@ -119,14 +119,16 @@
 <p>For libraries, we distinguish three kind of cases.</p>
-<p>Some libraries implement free standards that are competing against
-restricted standards, such as Ogg Vorbis (which competes against MP3
-audio) and WebM (which competes against MPEG-4 video).  For these
-projects, widespread use of the code is vital for advancing the cause
-of free software, and does more good than a copyleft on the project's
-code would do.</p>
+<p>Some libraries implement free data formats that are competing
+against restricted data formats, such as Ogg Vorbis (which competes
+against MP3 audio) and WebM (which competes against MPEG-4 video).
+The success of the free format requires allowing many proprietary
+application programs to link in the code to handle the format.
+For instance, we would like nonfree media players to include the
+code for Ogg Vorbis as well as MP3.</p>
-<p>In these special situations, we recommend
+<p>In these special situations, we recommend licensing the library
+that handles the free format under
 the <a href="http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0";>Apache
 License 2.0</a>.</p>
@@ -288,7 +290,7 @@
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2018/12/15 14:02:37 $
+$Date: 2019/10/13 00:34:11 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->

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