Sometime over the past few days the status of license tags crossed the
50% mark. Current status:
47.03% of spec files (2204 out of 4686) have invalid licenses (as of
Wed, 29 Aug 2007 19:26:29 +0000)
Attached are lists grouped by owner and package.
I have a few questions after poking through these lists.
There are multiple versions of the GFDL license (currently it's at 1.2
on the FSF site). However, the Licensing page doesn't mention any
versions. Several packages (21 to be precise), use GFDL+ as part of
the license tag. This is flagged as incorrect in the current report
(and by rpmlint). But should it be? If for some reason a package
ends up using GDFL 1.1 without any "or later version" statement,
shouldn't that be respected?
Several perl packages (including perl itself) use the license tag:
(GPL+ or Artistic) and (GPLv2+ or Artistic)
This isn't being parsed correctly by the regex used in rpmlint (which
I've stolen and used in the check-licenses script). The regex is:
Does anyone have suggestions for improving this regex so it won't fail
to parse the above license tag and others like it?
Todd OpenPGP -> KeyID: 0xBEAF0CE3 | URL: www.pobox.com/~tmz/pgp
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an
-- Groucho Marx
There are a Japanese TrueType font, called XANO mincho
though, I'm not sure if that license is comfortable for us
to include into Fedora. So it would be appreciated if
someone can review it before going to proceed the package
Copyright (c) 2003 Hitachi, Ltd. and TypeBank Co., Ltd.
Copyright (c) 2003 UCHIDA Akira
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
copy of the fonts accompanying this license ("Fonts") and associated
documentation files (the "Font Software"), to reproduce and distribute
the Font Software, including without limitation the rights to use, copy,
modify, merge, publish, distribute, and/or sell copies of the Font
Software, and to permit persons to whom the Font Software is furnished
to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included
in all copies of one or more of the Font Software typefaces.
The Font Software may be sold as part of a larger software package but
no copy of one or more of the Font Software typefaces may be sold by
The end-user documentation included with the derived work, if any, must
include the following acknowledgment:
This product is derived by using the right to use "Hitachi-Mincho
32x32-dot weight 3 Font" possessed by Hitachi, Ltd. and TypeBank
Alternately, this acknowledgment may appear in the Font Software itself,
if and wherever such third-party acknowledgments normally appear.
THE FONT SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT OF
COPYRIGHT, PATENT, TRADEMARK, OR OTHER RIGHT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
LIABILITY, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR
OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE FONT
SOFTWARE OR FROM OTHER DEALINGS IN THE FONT SOFTWARE.
The license for TORQUE is under the OpenPBS license and isn't in the Fedora list of approved licenses, so I am sending it to you for review. The license text is attached.
Note that only points 3-6 must be met as the others have expired in 2001.
points 3 and 4 are met because none required notices have been removed.
point 5 is met by, at least, the Addendum at the bottom of the file.
I've got four licensing questions after reviewing all my packages:
1. perl-Newt: "This program is free software; you can redistribute it
and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself."
- it is correct to simply list "License: GPL or Artistic", when this is
the only licensing information given?
2. mod_auth_mysql: inaccurate copyright attribution. This package
carries ASL 1.1 copyright notices verbatim, including the "Copyright (c)
1995 The Apache Group.", when no copyright assignment to the "Apache
Group" has ever taken place. Does that matter?
3. mod_authz_ldap: a convoluted one this; the source files contain the
** Read the files README and mod_authz_ldap.html for instructions on
** configuring the module. Details of the license can be found in the
** HTML documentation.
** (c) 2000 Dr. Andreas Mueller
...the HTML docs contain the text:
This module is distributed under the terms of the Apache License,
please check the LICENSE file in your apache distribution or the COPYING
file of the mod_authz_ldap distribution for the exact terms of the
license. In particular, the following disclaimer applies:
[standard Apache-style warranty disclaimer block]
...and the COPYING file contains the GPLv2 (!). Any guesses on how to
4. subversion: source files all reference following URL with
GPLv2+-style "or later version" qualifier:
which is ASL 1.1 with the names changed, and clauses 4 and 5 are changed
in the nature of what exactly they restrict. I don't think it's
appropriate to simply list this as "ASL 1.1"?
sparse uses OSL 1.1, which is not in the list on the wiki.
OSL 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 are on the list.
I've appended the license file from sparse below.
I'm assuming that "OSL 1.1" is the right short name for the License: tag.
The 'sparse' C parser front-end library is copyrighted by Transmeta Corp
and other authors and licensed under the "Open Software License v1.1" as
obtained from www.opensource.org (and included here-in for easy
reference) (that license itself is copyrighted by Larry Rosen).
Note that the "Original Work" that this license covers is only the
front-end library itself, ie the code required to parse the source file
and annotate the resulting parse tree with the semantic meaning (aka
"types") of the sources. Thus just the act of linking this library into
another program (aka "back-end") does NOT in itself make that back-end
be considered a derivative work of this Original Work.
However, any modifications, callbacks or other functionality that is
added and run either directly or indirectly by the front-end are to be
considered derived works of this library, and as such fall under the
requirements of this license.
Santa Clara, CA
April 15th, 2003
[ This copy of the license is the flat-text version of original,
available in its full glory at
please refer to there for the authorative and slightly more
pretty-printed version ]
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Could you please have a look at the attached license used
by the Chinese Truetype fonts included in fonts-chinese?
ARPHIC PUBLIC LICENSE
Copyright (C) 1999 Arphic Technology Co., Ltd.
11Fl. No.168, Yung Chi Rd., Taipei, 110 Taiwan
All rights reserved except as specified below.
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is forbidden.
The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the ARPHIC PUBLIC LICENSE specifically permits and encourages you to use this software, provided that you give the recipients all the rights that we gave you and make sure they can get the modifications of this software.
Throughout this License, "Font" means the TrueType fonts "AR PL Mingti2L Big5", "AR PL KaitiM Big5" (BIG-5 character set) and "AR PL SungtiL GB", "AR PL KaitiM GB" (GB character set) which are originally distributed by Arphic, and the derivatives of those fonts created through any modification including modifying glyph, reordering glyph, converting format, changing font name, or adding/deleting some characters in/from glyph table.
"PL" means "Public License".
"Copyright Holder" means whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for the Font.
"You" means the licensee, or person copying, redistributing or modifying the Font.
"Freely Available" means that you have the freedom to copy or modify the Font as well as redistribute copies of the Font under the same conditions you received, not price. If you wish, you can charge for this service.
1. Copying & Distribution
You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of this Font in any medium, without restriction, provided that you retain this license file (ARPHICPL.TXT) unaltered in all copies.
You may otherwise modify your copy of this Font in any way, including modifying glyph, reordering glyph, converting format, changing font name, or adding/deleting some characters in/from glyph table, and copy and distribute such modifications under the terms of Section 1 above, provided that the following conditions are met:
a) You must insert a prominent notice in each modified file stating how and when you changed that file.
b) You must make such modifications Freely Available as a whole to all third parties under the terms of this License, such as by offering access to copy the modifications from a designated place, or distributing the modifications on a medium customarily used for software interchange.
c) If the modified fonts normally reads commands interactively when run, you must cause it, when started running for such interactive use in the most ordinary way, to print or display an announcement including an appropriate copyright notice and a notice that there is no warranty (or else, saying that you provide a warranty) and that users may redistribute the Font under these conditions, and telling the user how to view a copy of this License.
These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole. If identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Font, and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in themselves, then this License and its terms, do not apply to those sections when you distribute them as separate works. Therefore, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Font with the Font on a volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under the scope of this License.
3. Condition Subsequent
You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Font except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Font will automatically retroactively void your rights under this License. However, parties who have received copies or rights from you under this License will keep their licenses valid so long as such parties remain in full compliance.
You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Font. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by copying, modifying, sublicensing or distributing the Font, you indicate your acceptance of this License and all its terms and conditions.
5. Automatic Receipt
Each time you redistribute the Font, the recipient automatically receives a license from the original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Font subject to these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein. You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties to this License.
If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues), conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not excuse you from the conditions of this License. If you cannot distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not distribute the Font at all. For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Font by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Font.
If any portion of this section is held invalid or unenforceable under any particular circumstance, the balance of the section is intended to apply and the section as a whole is intended to apply in other circumstances.
7. NO WARRANTY
BECAUSE THE FONT IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE FONT, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE FONT "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE FONT IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE FONT PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.
8. DAMAGES WAIVER
UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY COPYRIGHTT HOLDERS, OR OTHER PARTIES WHO MAY COPY, MODIFY OR REDISTRIBUTE THE FONT AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE FONT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDERS OR OTHER PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Maybe this is the kind of framework we could extend or reuse for
building the license metadata checking tools for Fedora. If it was
generic enough others might find this very useful.