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Re: GPL and LGPL not acceptable for Fedora!



Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
On Sun, 2007-08-19 at 17:47 -0700, Wart wrote:
Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
Got your attention? Good.

GPL and LGPL are NOT acceptable License tags for Fedora. You cannot
simply use "GPL" or "LGPL" as a license tag anymore.

You have to use one of the following tags:
[...]

I hope this is the right forum to ask questions to help clarify which license to use for various packages. If not, then please direct me to the correct forum.

Many files in the iwidgets package use the following:

# Permission is hereby granted, without written agreement and without
# license or royalty fees, to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
# software and its documentation for any purpose, provided that the
# above copyright notice and the following two paragraphs appear in
# all copies of this software.

This seems to be basically the MIT license, but with some minor rephrasing. Before I start tagging the package as 'MIT and ...', I'd like to verify that I can use 'MIT' here.

Without seeing the whole text of the license, I can't be sure, but that
beginning part sounds very much like MIT.

Please send me a copy of the full license text, and I'll let you know
for sure.

Here is the full text of the license from one of the source files:

# ----------------------------------------------------------------------
#                   Copyright (c) 1995  Mark L. Ulferts
# ======================================================================
# Permission is hereby granted, without written agreement and without
# license or royalty fees, to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
# software and its documentation for any purpose, provided that the
# above copyright notice and the following two paragraphs appear in
# all copies of this software.
#
# IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR
# DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
# ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION, EVEN
# IF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
# DAMAGE.
#
# THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING,
# BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS
# ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, AND THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER HAS NO OBLIGATION TO
# PROVIDE MAINTENANCE, SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.

Some of the files also reference 'license.terms', which reads almost the same and is attached.

Thanks,

--Wart
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