JBoss stalled (was Re: status of some packages ??)

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Fri Jun 4 02:35:25 UTC 2010

Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
> You might feel that way, but the simple fact is that French citizens can
> not abandon copyright (aka put works into the Public Domain). This is
> the only license that we've been given, but since it is not valid, we
> can't use it. Without a license, we cannot include this in Fedora,
> because we have none of the rights required for Free Software.

There are plenty of projects partly or entirely written by Europeans which 
are supposedly "Public Domain", which all have this issue. A lot of that 
code is already in Fedora. Even projects under the GPL or some other 
copyright license may be incorporating such code, without even mentioning 
it, since there's no requirement to mention use of public domain code. It 
feels odd to single out one such project.

Plus, since Red Hat is in the US, doesn't US copyright law apply? What I 
have read everywhere is that it's the copyright law of the distributor's 
country which prevails, not the one of the author's country.

Have you talked to Red Hat Legal about this? They OKed distributing that 
code along with JBoss, didn't they?

        Kevin Kofler

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