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

Ian Murdock imurdock at imurdock.com
Tue Oct 10 03:22:17 PDT 2006


On 10/9/06, Christopher Yeoh <cyeoh at samba.org> wrote:
> At 2006/10/9 11:29-0700  Wichmann, Mats D writes:
> >
> > >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?
> >
> > Just to be pedantic, files in the tests/misc area have
> > individual-contributor copyrights on them, and FSG has
> > *not* enforced copyright assignment to FSG.
> >
> > So relicensing without permissions does not seem
> > to be appropriate.
>
> Hmm. Some of them (libchk) do seem to have copyright assigned to the
> FSG - I though that this is the way we were meant to be accepting
> contributions anyway? It is certainly a whole lot easier for when we
> may need to consider changing the licensing on the code.
>
> If there are parts which haven't had copyright assigned to the FSG we
> could ask for it, or at least ask for their contributions to be dual
> licensed. I'm guessing we'll have more luck getting a resolution this
> way than asking the FSF for an exception.

Agreed.

And I do believe it is FSG policy that copyrights be assigned to FSG,
though whether or not this has been enforced, I don't know. Jeff, do
you see any code in libchk that *isn't* copyright FSG?

-ian
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