[Bug 168624] Review Request: hspell: a Hebrew spell checker

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Mon Sep 26 08:38:45 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-09-26 at 04:21 -0400, bugzilla at redhat.com wrote:
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> Summary: Review Request: hspell: a Hebrew spell checker
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=168624
> ------- Additional Comments From danken at cs.technion.ac.il  2005-09-26 04:21 EST -------
> Tom, thanks for approving Hspell.
> You may not be the right person to ask, but I do have a problem with the
> Contributor License Agreement. I am happy to grant to Red Hat "a ... copyright
> license to ... prepare derivative works" of the hspell.spec file. But by no
> means am I in the position to to grant anything beyond the GPL regarding the
> upstream software. 
I share your opinion and repeatedly had asked RH on this matter.

IMO, the CLA violates the GPL, because any rpm of GPL'ed packages are
derivative works of GPL'ed work and therefore may not be subject to
anything but the GPL. I.e. the CLA is not applicable.

Unfortunately, so far, RH's responses have been poor :(

> I would like to make sure that Red Hat (and anyone else) know that Hspell is
> released by its authors under the GPL. Do you know how I can do it (except for
> declaring it clearly in this esteemed hospice)?

My work-around is to add my copyright and license terms to the spec

ATM I am using this text below, which is identical to what Novell/SUSE
recommends in their packaging guidelines:

# Copyright (c) YEAR NAME, CITY, COUNTRY.
# This file and all modifications and additions to the pristine
# package are under the same license as the package itself.


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