[tex-live] removal of a package from texlive

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 16:15:55 CEST 2013

2013/4/2 Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>:
> 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
> version.
> 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
> CTAN).
Anyway, it once was in TeX Live. The svn repository is freely
accessible. Anybody can look into history and retrieve any release.

> Norbert
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Zdeněk Wagner

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