NOTE: Please publicize any license changes to your packages

Jakub Jelinek jakub at
Fri Jul 20 15:02:28 UTC 2007

On Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 02:45:00PM -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> 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.

BTW, shouldn't we start changing License: tags in packages for *GPL
packages, so that it include the exact version?
E.g. License: GPL2 (or GPL2only?) for GPL 2 without any later,
LGPL2.1+ (or LGPL2.1?) for LGPL 2.1 or any later, etc.


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