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Wasn't the source "always" available but just under a custom non-FOSS compatible license? I used to use POV-Ray quite a bit and participated in the IRTC a few times as well. Even 15 years ago the reason for keeping the legacy license was IIRC mostly that it would have been a huge task to get in touch with all the contributors or alternatively to rewrite all the parts that could not have been relicensed.

Yeah the source was available for as long as I used it (hence people being able to hack on it for the motion blur), but always under the no-redistribution license. I wasn't yet very familiar with FOSS but I remember understanding that the source being available was a big deal, and the no-redistribution clause was also a big deal.

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