Vassilis Palassopoulos | 19 Nov 23:27 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] Claims about Fair License

Hi there,

I was searching to find more information about the Fair License and found out it was mentioned here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:Main

The entry in the fedora wiki says it's FSF free, GPLv2 compliant, GPLv3 compliant but I can't find any source
for that (e.g. in FSF or GNU website like https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html ). There's
an article in wikipedia but it's missing any citation towards these claims. The license is in the list of
approved OSI licenses as one can see http://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical but that doesn't
say much in regards to the 3 claims.

The closest thing I could find is the fact that in an OSI board meeting the WTFPL was considered redundant to
the Fair License http://opensource.org/minutes20090304
FSF considers WTFPL a free software and GPL-compatible license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#WTFPL

Personally, after reading the license, I don't think that the claims are wrong but I'm not an expert and
determining the status of a license through the status of another license being used as a proxy could be risky.

Are there any reliable sources towards these claims? Is there a reasoning on why they are mentioned in the
fedora wiki article (and if so I'd be interested to know what the reasoning is) or does it require more
research before stating these claims?

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Jiri Kastner | 19 Nov 10:18 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] opencascade lgpl 2.1 exception

hi,
is this lgpl 2.1 exception acceptable for fedora - 
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tpaviot/oce/master/
OCCT_LGPL_EXCEPTION.txt ?
in rpmfusion.org is OCE (opencascade community edition - having some 
additional work applied) i would like to see it in fedora together in 
freecad.

best regards
jiri kastner

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Matthew Miller | 19 Nov 01:02 2014

[Fedora-legal-list] we need updated trademark / logo guidelines for cloud / server / workstation

I think we should update or add to 
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Legal:Trademark_guidelines with the new
Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server, and Fedora Workstation logos. And possibly
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Logo/UsageGuidelines as well.

How do we go about doing this?

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Sindhu S | 18 Nov 08:01 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] reg. fedora name as trademark

hi

I noticed there is a website called usefedora.com that sells a product to make online schools. Is this a violation of any trademark that redhat might hold with regards to the Fedora name?

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Ken Dreyer | 29 Oct 22:20 2014

[Fedora-legal-list] clarifying license of rubygem-posix-spawn

Hi folks,

I'm trying to sort out the license tag for rubygem-posix-spawn. This
package has a function that's copied from glibc. As explained in the
footnote (https://github.com/rtomayko/posix-spawn/blob/master/COPYING#L24-L28)

  A small portion of the environ dup'ing code in ext/posix-spawn.c
  was taken from glibc <http://www.gnu.org/s/libc/> and is maybe
  Copyright (c) 2011 by The Free Software Foundation or maybe
  by others mentioned in the glibc LICENSES file. glibc is
  distributed under the terms of the LGPL license.

From what I understand, this makes rubygem-posix-spawn dual-licensed
under the MIT and LGPL licenses, right?

I've opened a ticket upstream, and I'm not sure how to respond to
https://github.com/rtomayko/posix-spawn/pull/44 the author's comment
about the block glibc code being de minimis.

To summarize, should rubygem-posix-spawn have a License tag of "MIT
and LGPL", or just "MIT" ?

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[Fedora-legal-list] CC-BY 2.0 ... but with restrictions?

Hi,
I'm trying to package EFF's Privacy Badger Firefox extension, which
seems to have a lot of JavaScript and CSS code bundled. One of the
bundled scripts is a SHA1 implementation from
http://www.webtoolkit.info/javascript-sha1.html .

The licence as linked from http://www.webtoolkit.info/license1 seems
to be CC-BY 2.0 UK, but the page states some additional restrictions
if I'm reading it correctly. Is this free enough for inclusion in Fedora
or should I talk to the author about clarifying/relicencing?

Regards,
Dominik
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Miroslav Suchý | 13 Oct 16:16 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] Unicode License

I am doing review of packaging python-idna which have license:
   https://github.com/kjd/idna/blob/master/LICENSE.rst
I'm scratching my head as the unicode license:
   http://www.unicode.org/copyright.html
does not match:
   https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:UCD?rd=Licensing/UCD
So is this new license, which need review. Or update of old license? Does somebody know?

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Eduardo Mayorga Téllez | 30 Aug 00:11 2014

[Fedora-legal-list] Ambiguous license stated by upstream

Hi,

I came into this issue while I was reviewing python-gitapi[1] in BZ. The 
author does not include a license file in the sources, and even worse, 
one can read this in the README[2] file:

<snip>
License

Copyright (c) Fredrik Håård

Do whatever you want, don't blame me. You may also use this software as 
licensed under the MIT or BSD licenses, or the more permissive license 
below:

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a 
copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including 
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, 
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to 
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so:

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS 
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF 
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. 
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY 
CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, 
TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE 
SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
</snip>

This looks like a MIT variant. The packager patched the package adding a 
MIT license copy. I'm not sure what to do about this. I added FE-Legal 
as blocking bug to the package review ticket. I hope you can give me 
some guidance.

Thanks,
Eduardo

[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1129902
[2] 
https://bitbucket.org/haard/gitapi/raw/ba6a152901d5772454c90a3d779d461db8ae2c74/README.rst

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Christopher Meng | 28 Aug 07:45 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] Is MSR-LA considered as free?

Hi,

I'm packaging z3 prover[1] from Microsfot Research and its license is MSR-LA[2].

As I never hear of that before, I'd like to request help from list to
see if it's acceptable for Fedora packaging.

Thanks.

[1]---http://z3.codeplex.com/
[2]---http://z3.codeplex.com/license
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Jerry James | 10 Aug 01:29 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] License field: linked libraries considered?

I maintain a package whose sources are mostly MIT (with a couple of files under a BSD license, and  one under the Boost license).  Upstream just wrote to tell me that the License field on the package is wrong, because it contains binaries that are linked with glpk, which is GPLv3.  They argue that the binary package should therefore carry a "GPLv3" license tag, unless I elect to build it without glpk support (which is optional), in which case the current License tag of "MIT and BSD and Boost" would be correct.

Is that true?  Do we consider library licenses when filling in the License tag of a package?  It would be even worse than that, really, some kind of transitive closure of all licenses on dependencies of all depths, where some licenses "taint" the consuming package's license and some don't.

I do not see an answer to this question on https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:LicensingGuidelines.  Thanks for any clarification.
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Jerry James | 6 Aug 18:53 2014
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[Fedora-legal-list] Python license: broken link

The Python license link on https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:Main?rd=Licensing points to http://www.python.org/2.0.1/license.html, which returns a 404.  Perhaps one of these URLs would be a suitable replacement:


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