NOTE: Please publicize any license changes to your packages

Josh Boyer jwboyer at
Fri Jul 20 15:22:06 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-07-20 at 11:02 -0400, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> 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.

We're working on something like that, yes.  See the FESCo meeting
minutes that Brian sent out today.


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