[lsb-discuss] Possible license issue with libchk bug fix

Christopher Yeoh cyeoh at samba.org
Sun Oct 8 18:07:10 PDT 2006

At 2006/10/6 14:35-0400  Jeff Licquia writes:
> The license for the rest of libchk is the Artistic License; the FSF
> takes a rather dim view of that.  From
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#ArtisticLicense:
> > We cannot say that this is a free software license because it is too
> > vague; some passages are too clever for their own good, and their
> > meaning is not clear.
> So, according to the FSF (who holds the copyright on all four files),
> there may be an issue with integrating the header files into libchk.
> Do we have a way to resolve these legal issues, short of asking the FSF?

IIRC the FSG holds the copyright to the code for libchk, so it would
be possible just to relicense it under the GPL.

Is there any reason for not doing so?

Of course we'd have to decide if it was under the GPLv2 only or GPLv2
and above ;-)

cyeoh at au.ibm.com
IBM OzLabs Linux Development Group, ADL
Canberra, Australia

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