[Fedora-legal-list] including full license texts

Ken Dreyer ktdreyer at ktdreyer.com
Tue Sep 10 16:16:52 UTC 2013


In the license guidelines, under the "License Text" section [0], there
is a bit of guidance regarding when to ask upstream to include the
full text of the license or not.

"Common licenses that require including their texts with all
derivative works include ASL 2.0, EPL, BSD and MIT"

I'm wondering what other licenses might fall under this category. For
example, would "GPL+ and Artistic" also be in this list? Lots of Perl
modules are licensed in this way, but they usually don't include a
LICENSE file. I've found that many Perl modules simply have a sentence
"This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself." In those cases, should we ask
upstream to include the full License text each time?

- Ken

[0] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:LicensingGuidelines#License_Text


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