[Fedora-legal-list] modified MIT license in GPLv3+ source

Christian Krause chkr at plauener.de
Sat Apr 11 19:31:25 UTC 2009


Hi,

I'm currently packaging the tool "pianobooster":
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=494965 and I've discovered
the following problem:

The source (GPLv3+) contains 3 files ("rtmidi/*") which are licensed
under a modified MIT license. In general this should be ok, but this
license contains the statement that modifications must be sent back to
the author. For the full license text from the source files see below.

I've set the FE-LEGAL block for the review request (BZ #494965)

Please can the legal team have a look at the problem (and hopefully
remove the FE-LEGAL block)? ;-)

If there's no problem, what would be the correct License tag in the spec
file? GPLv3+ and MIT?

Thanks!


Best regards,
Christian


Here is the problematic license:

    RtMidi WWW site: http://music.mcgill.ca/~gary/rtmidi/

    RtMidi: realtime MIDI i/o C++ classes
    Copyright (c) 2003-2009 Gary P. Scavone

    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.

    Any person wishing to distribute modifications to the Software is
    requested to send the modifications to the original developer so that
    they can be incorporated into the canonical version.

    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 SOFTWARE.




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