Bundled/embedded data in a package

Tomas Radej tradej at redhat.com
Fri Sep 14 13:07:00 UTC 2012

I am simply a licensing enthusiast and no expert on law or Packaging 
Guidelines, please understand this message solely as my personal opinion.


On 09/13/2012 05:02 AM, Ben Rosser wrote:
> The software, pdfminer, bundles Adobe cmap data to process Chinese,
> Japanese, and Korean languages in a pdf file. However, the question is:
> does this violate the general prohibition against bundling libraries?
The CMap files you are talking about are a part of a separate project, 
which is apparently subject to change. Since there are other projects in 
the wild that use Adobe CMap, I would interpret the guidelines to say 
that packaging the Adobe files in a separate package would be in order.

However, given that Fedora tries to be as close to upstream, using a 
different version of these files might lead to different behaviour of 
the pdfminer application from upstream. Security concerns are out of the 
question as these files are plain text, so I suggest you keep the files, 
make a note about it in the spec file, make sure the licence of the 
package reflects the inclusion of these files, and that's it.

If somebody thinks it's a bad idea, please do correct me.

> If it does violate that prohibition, the cmap stuff can easily be removed
> and not built into the library (it's an optional component).
I wouldn't do that as that would make the package different from upstream.

In any case, you can make the Legal department have a look at it by 
blocking FE-LEGAL.

Regards, Tomas Radej

Tomas Radej
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