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From: "Michał Górny" <mgorny@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] [RFC] Solving the problem of huge number of wrong LICENSES=*GPL-[23]
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 11:16:05
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] [RFC] Solving the problem of huge number of wrong LICENSES=*GPL-[23] by "Paweł Hajdan
1 On Sun, 2018-08-26 at 13:09 +0200, Paweł Hajdan, Jr. wrote:
2 > On 26/08/2018 12:53, Mart Raudsepp wrote:
3 > > The common issue here is that upstream COPYING files really do only
4 > > talk about one of the versions. And then you get to validate or source
5 > > files to be sure that they do have a "or later" clause in them. And
6 > > then on each bump you ideally should validate it again, etc, that no
7 > > sources without "or later" allowance are in there...
8 >
9 > Yup, precise tracking of license metadata can be a pain.
10 >
11 > I'm not really sure if that level of it is worth for us as a distro. For
12 > _importing_ other project's source code directly into one's project
13 > precise license compatibility matters a lot. That's not the scenario
14 > we're in. I see LICENSES as mostly a mechanism for end users to accept
15 > or reject EULAs etc, and I'm curious what are other common scenarios.
16 >
17 > Michał, could you elaborate on why not distinguishing more precisely
18 > between these GPL variants in LICENSES is a _problem_ ? I can certainly
19 > see the information is not always accurate, but it's not obvious to me
20 > how severe is the downside, what are the consequences in practice.
21 >
23 I'm not aware of any major implications. However, I think that if we
24 provide for the distinction, the distinction should be used correctly.
26 --
27 Best regards,
28 Michał Górny


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