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Re: GPL and LGPL not acceptable for Fedora!

On 8/16/07, seth vidal <skvidal fedoraproject org> wrote:

This is with all sincerity and not at all meant to be dismissive: If
you have the time to automate this I think we'll be glad to listen.

There are a lot of components to automation of this kind of thing; in fact people have made entire companies and product lines around (as far as I can tell) essentially this problem:  http://www.blackducksoftware.com/

However, I was fairly sure there had to already be something open source out there to use as a start.  My initial googling wasn't too successful (a lot of things called licenses), but then I had the bright idea to add "Debian" to my search.  Turns out there's a license analyzing script in one of their packages:

There is also: http://www.murrayc.com/blog/permalink/2006/10/04/debian-repository-analyzer-for-license-compliance/
Which looks kind of frightening but maybe useful.

The Debian script supports far fewer licenses the Fedora wiki page on this topic; however, it would probably be pretty useful to run over the whole source tree as a start; I bet you'd find a number of cases where things today are specified just as GPL but have some other stuff.

Moving more advanced from that, associate the wiki license list set with a list of fuzzy text segments combined with regular expressions.

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