Re: License of an open source license text

Philippe Ombredanne

Hi Richard:

On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 12:37 AM Richard Purdie
<richard.purdie@...> wrote:

If we set the license of the licence text package to include GPL-3.0,
the legal department blocks the release since they said "no GPL-3.0".
If you tell them its only the license text, they tell you the license
is not GPL-3.0 and the license is incorrect. What should the license
be though?
I think there may be a different perspective to consider: Why include
the GPL text if it does not apply (or for that matter for any

A license id that is trying to convey more or less that "we included
this license text in this package but it really does not apply to
anything, so please ignore it" may not be the best approach.

Instead, what about correcting the Yocto packaging and include only
the licenses that apply to this package?

You also wrote:

We also put the license texts into its own package. Right now that
package is licensed as "LGPL-2.1 and GPL-3 and GPL-2", the same as
the overall license.
IMHO that's the root of the problem, you are including and mixing
licenses that may not apply and trying to convey with some id that
these included licenses may not apply.

Philippe Ombredanne

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