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ActiveState unauthorized license claims?

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May 31, 2019 15:47
ActiveState unauthorized license claims?
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Hi there,

probably that's the wrong list for that question but I didn't find a 
better one - hints are welcome.

When I asked ActiveState for which components of ActivePerl I will need 
a license to distribute an open source application, they answered:

"Any and all of what you get by downloading ActivePerl Community Edition 
from us is governed by ActiveState's license. You can't take a component 
that you got from ActivePerl and distribute it."

I think that's a violation of the Perl license, and even 
"Copyright.html" from the ActivePerl installation contains:

"ActiveState Software Inc. has chosen to use all Open Source content in 
the ActivePerl Package under the terms of the Artistic License [...] All 
other components included in the ActivePerl Package are original works 
of ActiveState Software Inc., and may be used under the terms of the 
ActiveState Community Edition Software License Agreement."

In my understanding, Copyright.html tells me that only "other 
components" are subject to the ActiveState Community Edition Software 

So how can they tell me that I need a license for "Any and all of what I 
get by downloading ActivePerl Community Edition"?

I then sent another mail with the request for clarification, but 
received no further answer, which I find quite unfriendly.

An online search yielded the following statements from ActiveState people: "redistribution of some, or 
all, of ActivePerl will require the consent of ActiveState"

The opposite written by "anisotropic" (Tech Support @ ActiveState):

Since they stopped speaking to me, what could I do next to clarify this?


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