[Pkg-firebird-general] Request for comments for ibwebadmin package

Grzegorz B. Prokopski gadek@debian.org
Tue, 08 Jun 2004 21:53:13 -0400


W li¶cie z wto, 08-06-2004, godz. 17:14, Remco Seesink pisze: 
> > b) at the top of LICENSE file, which is otherwise pure GPL? This
> > exception seems to fit more into a file that would be called i.e.
> > COPYING, where the copying informations would be held and which
> > would contain the "exception" and reference to the pure GPL in LICENSE
> > file.
> My understanding was that the exception was a part of the legal agreement
> regarding the copyright. In other words, a license. This is were I advised
> upstream to put it. Maybe I was mistaken?

I looked at our (SableVM) import of GNU Classpath for inspiration, which
also uses GPL with some kind of an exception. See:


In this case COPYING contains pure GPL.  Please also note that the
beginning of the GPL says:

"Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
 of this license document, but changing it is not allowed."

So, putting the exception in this document doesn't seem allowed.

Instead in case of Classpath they have all the "dirty stuff" in the
LICENSE file, which contains informations about the actual conditions
under which software is distributed.

As for the upload to mentors - that was definitely good idea ;-)

As for "including email w/ permission from upstream" - yes, this is
a common practice, when the version you want/need to package didn't
contain the proper licensing terms.


				Grzegorz B. Prokopski

Grzegorz B. Prokopski <gadek@debian.org>
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