[Fedora-legal-list] itext AGPL licensing (round 2)

Orcan Ogetbil oget.fedora at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 03:11:46 UTC 2011

There was a question last year about a license change in itext from
LGPL to an AGPL variant [1].

At the time, no Fedora packages needed the new itext and the
discussion ended without reaching a conclusion.

During this time period, apparently Debian also raised the same issue,
and they took a step further to discuss this with the itext
developers. Eventually, the itext developers made a change in their
AGPL license. In particular, the phrase

..."you must retain the producer line" has been changed into "a
covered work must retain the producer line" in the latest iText
release. [2]

This change satisfied the Debian maintainers and they packaged itext5.
Now the question is the same: is this AGPL license [3] allowed in



[1] http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/legal/2010-August/001352.html
[2] http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=27574906
[3] http://itextpdf.com/terms-of-use/agpl.php

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