[Fedora-electronic-lab-list] SystemC License issue

Chitlesh GOORAH chitlesh at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 11:56:52 UTC 2008

Hello there,

While systemc's review (rpmfusion) is nearly over and a lot of work
has been done, we are now worried about its license.

You will find the license here:

Section 5 states:
A Recipient who Distributes the Program (a "Distributor") may accept certain
responsibilities with respect to end users, business partners and the
like. While this
license is intended to facilitate the commercial use of the Program, a
Distributor shall
Distribute the Program in a manner which does not create potential liability for
Contributors. Therefore each Distributor hereby agrees to defend and
indemnify every
Contributor ("Indemnified Contributor") against any losses, damages and costs
(collectively "Losses") arising from claims, lawsuits and other legal
actions brought by a
third party against the Indemnified Contributor to the extent caused
by the acts or
omissions of such Distributor, including but not limited to the terms
and conditions under
which Distributor offered the Program, in connection with its
Distribution of the Program.
The obligations in this section do not apply to any claims or Losses
relating to any
actual or alleged intellectual property infringement of the Program.
In order to qualify,
an Indemnified Contributor must: (a) promptly notify the Distributor
in writing of such
claim, and (b) allow the Distributor to control, and cooperate with
the Distributor in, the
defense and any related settlement negotiations. The Indemnified Contributor may
participate in the defense of any such claim at its own expense.

Can anyone clarify whether it is valid for rpmfusion ? fedora/RH Legal
has tagged SystemC's license as non-free.


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