there is a repository with data about 3D printing materials  that I'd
like to package as a soft dependency for the Cura package.
It didn't have any license information and Gregor Riepl (I believe from
Debian) opened an issue asking for it .
The authors of the data clam that the data cannot has its license and
simply is (by default) accessible to all freely. After a long
discussion, they went with a solution: Add a LICENSE file that they
believe is only for the CMakeLists.txt file in that repository, but tell
me I can believe it belongs to the whole repo and everybody is supposed
to be happy .
However, when adding the LICENSE file (with CC0), this is the commit
This license only applies to the CMakeLists.txt file since that is
only creative expression in here, according to one of our IP guys.
(They cannot make it easy, can they?)
Clearly, I was informed this LICENSE *does not apply* for the data
files. However, I was informed publicly in that issue that:
All files in this repository can be seen as part of the public
Anyone is free to use them in any way they want.
Clearly, the authors / copyright holders:
1. want the content to be redistributed freely
2. do not think that content is copyrightable
The intent here is clear: Public Domain. However the information is
quite hard to grasp. I cannot, in my best effort, include that LICENSE
file and pretend it belongs to everything in that repository (ignoring
the commit message).
Should I print the issue comments log to a PDF (or save as HTML) and
include that in the package %license as well?
Thanks for any way out of this.