Legality of Fedora in production environment

Frederick F. Kautz IV fkautz at
Fri May 11 15:33:55 UTC 2007

I would also highly recommend contacting the FSF on this matter. Perhaps 
they can make a recommendation on what action should be taken. We can 
definitely do things to help on our side, such as the document proposed by 
Benjamin Kosnik. However, this affects all open source software and not 
just Fedora. Here is the e-mail address for contacting FSF on this issue:

licensing at

Hopefully, printing/signing the GPL (or whatever license is used) will 
suffice. If this is the case, we may be able to write a small 
script/application included in Fedora that scans the License field on 
installed RPMs to and generates a list of what licenses apply and a 
verbose flag that also specifies what software falls under each license.

-- Frederick F. Kautz IV

On Fri, 11 May 2007, Patrice Dumas wrote:

> On Fri, May 11, 2007 at 05:28:45PM +0400, Dmitry Butskoy wrote:
>> Randy Wyatt wrote:
>>> Why wouldn't a hard copy of the GPL suffice ?
>> Yep, but GPL is not approrved officially in our (and many other)
>> countries. I know that some users do notarially certified translation of
>> GPL, but it costs money too. (Hopefully the ranslation of GPL only is
>> enough, not BSD, MPL etc.)
> since Russia is a member of the Berne Convention, if I recall well, some
> lawyer consider that there shouldn't be a need for a translation and
> even that no translation is better. I know that it depends on the lawyer
> since, in France there is a dispute against those who think that since
> the GPL has some clauses that don't translate easily to french law it is
> not applicable and those who think that under the Bern Convention the
> GPL should be reinterpretated in the context of the French laws.
> In any case I am not convinced that this discussion belongs to
> fedora-devel-list, although I am not sure that there exists a list about
> those kind of issues.
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> Pat
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