[tex-live] removal of a package from texlive

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Tue Apr 2 16:12:04 CEST 2013

Hi Vafa,

On Di, 02 Apr 2013, Vafa Khalighi wrote:
> Suppose a package is licensed under LPPL but the author removes it from CTAN (because he does not want people use that package any more for whatever reasons he has got); as a consequence this package also gets removed from TeXLive. Are people legally allowed to not update their TeX distribution (or say store that package on their computer) on purpose to use that package?

Yes they are. You are granting with LPPL the right to use the package,
change it, modify it, etc etc etc.

You can release new versions under different licenses, but what you 
have granted cannot has been granted.

In additin, everyone is free to copy your code and develop a new

And if you stop developping this package, then also the author-maintained
status of LPPL is gone, and someone else can take over the same package
under the same name.

I have a backup of your packages, and I will keep them, and if necessary
make them available (outside of TeX Live - because inside we honor follow


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