NOTE: Please publicize any license changes to your packages

Bill Nottingham notting at
Thu Jul 19 18:45:00 UTC 2007

The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee would like to remind maintainers
that a license change in a package is a very serious event - it has as many,
if not more, implications for related packages as ABI changes do.

Therefore, if your package changes license, even if it just changes the 
license version, it is required that you announce it, whether on this list
or fedora-devel-list.

Note that any license change to a more restrictive license or license
version may affect the legality of portions of Fedora as a whole; ergo,
FESCo reserves the right to block upgrades of packages to versions with
new licenses to ensure the legal distribution of Fedora.

Please contact FESCo if you have any questions.


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