Re: PIBS License Identifier

Jilayne Lovejoy <lovejoylids@...>

Hello Wolfgang,

We are adding this license to the about-to-be-released version 1.19 of the SPDX License LIst and I had a couple things I wanted to share with you.

1) it was suggested to use the short identifier: "ibm-pibs" - do you have any objection to "IBM-pibs"? The reason being that all other SPDX License List short identifiers tend towards using capital letters unless spelling a word. I'd prefer to be consistent to this end, but it's not a major sticking point either way (in other words, if you are already using the all-lower-case short identifier, I don't see why we can't adopt that to the SPDX License List - if anyone on the Legal Team disagrees with me, please speak up)

2) in regards to the two different copyright dates you mentioned below (2002 and 1995) - I have compared the actual text of the 2002 version you listed in this email and the 1995 version you provided links to in a subsequent email and the only difference is the date itself. In this case, the SPDX License List matching guidelines would equate these two license as the same, as this is only a copyright notice year difference, not a difference in the substantive text of the license.

If you could get back to me as to the first item as soon as possible, that would be great.


Jilayne Lovejoy
SPDX Legal Team lead

On Jul 28, 2013, at 8:23 AM, Wolfgang Denk <wd@...> wrote:


IBM has published several versions of their PIBS (PowerPC
Initialization and Boot Software) boot loader source code with a
license header like this:

---------- snip ----------
This source code has been made available to you by IBM on an AS-IS
basis. Anyone receiving this source is licensed under IBM
copyrights to use it in any way he or she deems fit, including
copying it, modifying it, compiling it, and redistributing it either
with or without modifications. No license under IBM patents or
patent applications is to be implied by the copyright license.

Any user of this software should understand that IBM cannot provide
technical support for this software and will not be responsible for
any consequences resulting from the use of this software.

Any person who transfers this source code or any derivative work
must include the IBM copyright notice, this paragraph, and the
preceding two paragraphs in the transferred software.

---------- snip ----------

I have another version of this license text dated 1995.

Has any of these been evaluated before? I can't find a SPDX License
Identifier for this?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Wolfgang Denk

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