While checking the contents of our `perl' package, I noticed the following:
/* NOTE: this is derived from Henry Spencer's regexp code, and should not
* confused with the original package (see point 3 below). Thanks, Henry!
/* Additional note: this code is very heavily munged from Henry's version
* in places. In some spots I've traded clarity for efficiency, so don't
* blame Henry for some of the lack of readability.
/* The names of the functions have been changed from regcomp and
* regexec to pregcomp and pregexec in order to avoid conflicts
* with the POSIX routines of the same names.
* pregcomp and pregexec -- regsub and regerror are not used in perl
* Copyright (c) 1986 by University of Toronto.
* Written by Henry Spencer. Not derived from licensed software.
* Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any
* purpose on any computer system, and to redistribute it freely,
* subject to the following restrictions:
* 1. The author is not responsible for the consequences of use of
* this software, no matter how awful, even if they arise
* from defects in it.
* 2. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented, either
* by explicit claim or by omission.
* 3. Altered versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not
* be misrepresented as being the original software.
**** Alterations to Henry's code are...
**** Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
**** 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
**** by Larry Wall and others
**** You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public
**** License or the Artistic License, as specified in the README file.
You can see the whole file here:
I looked but couldn't find any common name for this license
of Henry's. Is it on our list? Is it free? What name should
I use in the License tag?
Recently I've downloaded the primary.xml for F28 and ran a check comparing the licences of packages in the repo against good licences listed on the Licensing wiki page.
There are a couple licences that are used by a few packages, but I couldn't find them on the wiki page. It might be good to review these licences and add them to the wiki page, or ask maintainers to change the package License: tags in case the licence is already listed, but under a different identifier.
- Array (used by gcin)
- BSL-1.0 (used by ceph, librados2 and others)
- Freely redistributable without restriction (used by alienarena-data, beneath-a-steel-sky and others)
- PDDL-1.0 (used by python-nibabel)
There's also some packages with typos in their licence strings; I've submitted bug reports for those packages.
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I just ran into some software developed at the US National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) that might be suitable for inclusion in
Fedora by itself or as part of some other package.
The license NIST uses is :
This software was developed by employees of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the Federal Government and
is being made available as a public service. Pursuant to title 17 United
States Code Section 105, works of NIST employees are not subject to
copyright protection in the United States. This software may be subject
to foreign copyright. Permission in the United States and in foreign
countries, to the extent that NIST may hold copyright, to use, copy,
modify, create derivative works, and distribute this software and its
documentation without fee is hereby granted on a non-exclusive basis,
provided that this notice and disclaimer of warranty appears in all copies.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EITHER EXPRESSED, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL CONFORM TO SPECIFICATIONS, ANY
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
AND FREEDOM FROM INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTY THAT THE DOCUMENTATION
WILL CONFORM TO THE SOFTWARE, OR ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL BE
ERROR FREE. IN NO EVENT SHALL NIST BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF, RESULTING FROM, OR IN ANY WAY
CONNECTED WITH THIS SOFTWARE, WHETHER OR NOT BASED UPON WARRANTY,
CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT INJURY WAS SUSTAINED BY
PERSONS OR PROPERTY OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT LOSS WAS SUSTAINED
FROM, OR AROSE OUT OF THE RESULTS OF, OR USE OF, THE SOFTWARE OR
SERVICES PROVIDED HEREUNDER.
Is this a) free, b) GPL compatible?
Fedora Project Contributor
I stumbled across a piece of code under the "Don't Be a Dick Public
License", which has a convenient web site: http://www.dbad-license.org/
Yeah, it's another "semi-joke" license. Supposed to be funny, but
confusing and contradictory.
The license text is as follows:
# DON'T BE A DICK PUBLIC LICENSE
> Version 1.1, December 2016
> Copyright (C) [year] [fullname]
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document.
> DON'T BE A DICK PUBLIC LICENSE
> TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION
1. Do whatever you like with the original work, just don't be a dick.
Being a dick includes - but is not limited to - the following
1a. Outright copyright infringement - Don't just copy this and change
1b. Selling the unmodified original with no work done what-so-ever,
that's REALLY being a dick.
1c. Modifying the original work to contain hidden harmful content. That
would make you a PROPER dick.
2. If you become rich through modifications, related works/services, or
supporting the original work, share the love. Only a dick would make
loads off this work and not buy the original work's creator(s) a
3. Code is provided with no warranty. Using somebody else's code and
bitching when it goes wrong makes you a DONKEY dick. Fix the problem
yourself. A non-dick would submit the fix back.
I can't tell if this is non-free or not. Certainly the restrictions on
sales of unmodified work and the restriction on certain types of
modifications would be problematic, but then I can't tell if the "just
don't be a dick" part is a request or a requirement (which then
contradicts the "do whatever you like" portion).
So, is this another one for the "Bad Licenses" section?