Re: Purpose of licensing info

Peter Williams <peter.williams@...>

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM, Peterson, Scott K (HP Legal)
<scott.k.peterson@...> wrote:
Kate and Peter --

I am trying to understand the meaning and value of "detected" and/or "declared" as distinguished from "your best guess", i.e., "asserted".

What would be the value of the detected or declared field for the two cases where the file included one of these strings:

"This file is licensed under the same terms as Perl."
I don't know about this one. Would this statement be representable in
a declared license file? It requires multiple facts and deduction
based on those facts to determine what licenses are actually being
referenced. It that sort of inference is allowed i can think of
several options for rendering it into the spdx model. It would either
be a simple list of the licenses or a composite licensing info
structure if we want to preserve the junctive relationships in the

"For license terms, see the file LICENSE."
In this case the value of the declared licenses field would be the
identifier for LICENSE. Either a short form license id from the
standard list or the locally unique embedded license id for that


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