[Fedora-legal-list] Nmap License

Richard Fontana rfontana at redhat.com
Tue Jan 21 00:27:06 UTC 2014

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 06:58:09PM -0500, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Hi
> Nmap license is listed as a combination of GPL, LGPL and BSD in the Fedora
> package however the COPYING file has very specific interpretations and
> exceptions to GPL.  Is this still considered plain GPL?
> https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/COPYING

No, it shouldn't be seen as plain GPL. I'd say this is a free software
license but is sufficiently more restrictive than conventional
interpretations of GPLv2 to the point of being GPL-incompatible, and
indeed the authors seem to acknowledge this. It should have a distinct
license tag.

- RF

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