Fedora License List Review


SPDX Legal Team,

On today's call, we did not have a quorum present for decisions regarding the addition of new licenses to the SPDX License List from the list of "Fedora Good Licenses". Since we have other items that are pending the completion of this review, we have decided to keep the review moving by completing the remaining licenses via email.

We hope to establish a weekly cadence for the review of these licenses in order to make our way through the 100+ remaining licenses before the Linux Collaboration Summit starts on March 26. If we have agreement among 3 members with no dissenting opinions or outstanding questions, then the license will be marked "approved" on the master Tracking Sheet (link available at bottom of email).

Listed below are the 12 licenses from the Fedora list that were marked for review this week. Please reply to this email string with your input regarding any or all of these 12 licenses. Feel free to mark up the table below, edit the live Tracking Sheet, or just describe your feedback in email. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Borceux licenseBorceuxhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/BorceuxPermissive license. May be single package license.JL: how to deal with individual filenames, though?
ZW: very narrow (lists files)
DC: way too file-specific. Recommend that we do not add this one.
Copyright Attribution OnlyCopyright onlyhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/CopyrightOnlySimple "license" that requires copyright onlyDC: I'm not sure that the SPDX license list really needs these kinds of licenses. Being short and simple (simplistic) they might be best provided as text in an SPDX file rather than by a license name.?
Crystal Stacker LicenseCrystal Stackerhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/CrystalStackerPermissive license. May be single package license.ZW: limited use, but open to adding
JL: license on Fedora page does not match (exactly) that found in v1.5 download. also, there appears to be two different variations of a license in the download (see email I sent for details)
diffmark licensediffmarkhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/diffmarkLicense text "1. you can do what you want with it; 2. I refuse any responsibility for the consequences" May be single package licenseZW: add (limited use, but could grow: http://geeksta.net/geeklog/free-software-content-licenses/)
DOC LicenseDOChttp://www.cs.wustl.edu/~schmidt/ACE-copying.htmlPermissive license. May be single package license, but package is oft used.ZW: suggest adding (how to handle specific TM references?)DOC
Dotseqn LicenseDotseqnhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/DotseqnPermissive license. Appears to be single file/packageZW: single package licenseDotseqn
DSDP LicenseDSDPhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/DSDPMIT like license.ZW: unique license; not reusableDSDP
dvipdfm Licensedvipdfmhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/dvipdfmPermissive license. May be a one time licenseZW: add (appears to have traction with colleges)dvipdfm
eGenix.com Public License 1.1.0eGenixhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/eGenix.com_Public_License_1.1.0Based on CNRI license and may be for one project. Official license site http://www.egenix.com/products/eGenix.com-Public-License-1.1.0.pdfZW: addeGenix
Enlightenment License (e16)MIT with advertisinghttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/MIT_With_AdvertisingMIT variantZW: changes "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software." to "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies of the Software, its documentation and marketing & publicity materials, and acknowledgment shall be given in the documentation, materials and software packages that this Software was used."Enlightenment
enna LicenseMIThttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/MIT#ennaMIT variant

ZW: changes "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software." to "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies of the Software and its Copyright notices. In addition publicly documented acknowledgment must be given that this software has been used if no source code of this software is made available publicly. This includes acknowledgments in either Copyright notices, Manuals, Publicity and Marketing documents or any documentation provided with any product containing this software. This License does not apply to any software that links to the libraries provided by this software (statically or dynamically), but only to the software provided."enna
Eurosym LicenseEurosymhttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/EurosymCopyleft license. German law appliesZW: addEurosym


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