Nonfree packages cc-pl, mex, pl and hyphen-polish in texlive distribution

Wojtek Kosior kwojtus at
Thu Mar 19 12:49:37 CET 2020

Any changes/responses on the matter?

>From what I see, the files contents on CTAN  ( haven't changed. Can we be 100% sure about the precedence of the public domain statement?

Some confirmation could also help others who also got confused (Hyperbola, MikTex).

Wojtek Kosior

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On Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:54 PM, Karl Berry <karl at> wrote:

>     are misleadingly marked on CTAN
> I would not say it's misleading. I'd say it's as intended, but
> that the freeness bug was previously incompletely fixed.
> a custom, nonfree license (mex105/mexinfo/mexinfo.eng in the mex package).
> Thanks for the report. To the best of my recollection, the intent is for
> the "public domain" statement in the 00readme to take precedence over
> the crazy license files; that's why the date in 00readme is later
> (2003), as that is when Staszek and I (I think) tried to do something
> about the non-free-ness.
> Anyway, I certainly agree the situation is not made clear. I will write
> the package maintainers. --best, karl.

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