The OpenLayers package (already in Fedora, owned by Cristian in CC and
jsmin . I know this is bad practice to have a tool bundled like
this, and I wanted to remove it from the source RPM and make it use a
system version of jsmin that would be installed in its own package.
However, I saw that jsmin had already been submitted to Fedora and was
refused because the license specifies that « The Software shall be
used for Good, not Evil. » 
I discussed it with the OpenLayers devs (see attached IRC log) and it
seems we have 2 possibilities.
1. The jsmin.py script was rewritten from scratch to mimic the
behavior of the C original version. It currently contains the
following license header:
# This code is original from jsmin by Douglas Crockford, it was translated to
# Python by Baruch Even. The original code had the following copyright and
# /* jsmin.c
# Copyright (c) 2002 Douglas Crockford (www.crockford.com)
# Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of
# this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in
# the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to
# use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies
# of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the 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 or substantial portions of the Software.
# The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil.
# THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
# IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
# AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
# LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
# OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE
license (starts with « /* » and ends with « */ »).
My question is, as this seems to be a « clean room implementation »,
could it have a different license than the original jsmin ? This would
make the python version suitable for Fedora (correct me if I'm wrong)
and that would allow me to build OpenLayers using it.
2. The second possibility is to simply build OpenLayers without jsmin.
That's a solution I'd rather avoid, but if this is the only
possibility, I'll do it.
Mathieu Bridon (bochecha)
I'm looking at the additional agreements part at the base of the
document and specifically the line about LPM having the editorial
While I don't have a problem with that, there needs to be something in
the additional part to protect authors over reprints as there is nothing
in proposal over LPM using articles in the Fedora mag for their own
financial gain in either paper or electronically published form.
It is very unusual for contributors to give carte blanche permission for
publication and republication. The way this proposal is worded provides
no protection against this from happening.
I've not edited the page as I'd like the fedora-legal people's
perspective on this.
Sie können mich aufreizen und wirklich heiß machen!
Could someone take a look at the following package for me:
The COPYRIGHT file contains the following:
Copyright (c) 1998,1999 Kenneth Albanowski. All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) 2007 Bob Free. All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) 2009 Chris Marshall. All rights reserved.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
Some portions of this module, including some code sections in OpenGL.pm and
OpenGL.xs (marked by "Melax" comments) are Copyright Stan Melax, as are the
files in the example/ directory. This is Stan's original COPYRIGHT message
for those works:
(c) Copyright 1995, Stan Melax, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Alberta Research Council
Please feel free to give
wherever or whenever appropriate :-)
Permission to copy, modify is granted provided that you
include the above copyright notice with it.
This software is provided as is, and comes with no promises
or guarantees. You may only use it if you promise not to
sue me or my employer for anything relating to the use of
this software :-)
OpenGL is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc.
Special thanks to:
Karl Glazebrook http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~kgb
The Alberta Research Council
Feel free to email me your name so I can add it to the above list.
Acknowledgement and credit for those where acknowledgement
and credit is warrented ... yadda , yadda .... bla ... bla ...
Some of these examples in the "examples" subdirectory
are adapted from the OpenGL Programming Guide.
Here's the copyright that was attached to the examples
from "OpenGL Programming Guide" by Neider, Davis, and Woo,
and published by Addison Wesley:
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Adam Miller and I were talking about the
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_print_magazine proposal and a
question for fedora-legal came up.
Basically, as we move through the process of exploring (and then
hopefully producing) a print Fedora magazine (right now the proposal is
from Linux Pro Magazine, for us to work with them), are there any legal
things we should be aware of?
<mchua> One of the things I want to ask about today is the licensing and
online availability of the magazine materials.
<mchua> I'm not sure if we'll be republishing any materials we've
already got / will be having, but it seems pretty logical that we would
(for instance, publish the screeenshots tour, or feature profiles).
<maxamillion> ah, that might be a question for fedora-legal mailing list
<mchua> maxamillion: ooh, thanks for the suggestion. *asks fedora-legal*