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Old 12-16-2007, 08:20 AM
David Cantrell
Default Change to GPLv2+

Update license boilerplates to GPLv2+ ("or any later version"). This was
discussed by myself and Jeremy a while ago off list. My concern is needing
anaconda to link with things that may be or will become incompatible with
our current GPLv2 only license for anaconda. Perfect example is GNU parted,
which is now GPLv3 (not my fault! I'm just the messenger!).

We seemed to agree it was doable for anaconda, but someone needed to sit down
and actually update all of the source files with new license boilerplates.

I have now done that. What to expect besides a huge number of patches:

1) All Makefiles, shell scripts, *.py, *.c, and *.h source files now have a
uniform GPLv2+ license boilerplate.

2) The physical address of the FSF is removed and replaced with an HTTP
URL. The FSF now prefers this to the physical address in the boiler
plate text.

3) Year ranges on copyright statements are expanded to list each individual
year. Ranges aren't valid per FSF legalites, so each year has to be
listed explicitly. I don't really understand the need to list more than
one year, but I'm not here to ask that question.

4) Any author names and email addresses have been moved to the Red Hat
Author(s) list under the license boilerplate.

5) The license boilerplate notes we are licensed under GPL version 2 or at
your option any later version.

6) Code that we are using that did not write I just left alone. For example,
the gptsync directory.

Questions or comments, send them my way.

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Old 12-23-2007, 11:43 AM
John Summerfield
Default Change to GPLv2+

David Cantrell wrote:

On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:05:12 -0500
Jeremy Katz <katzj@redhat.com> wrote:

On Sat, 2007-12-15 at 23:20 -1000, David Cantrell wrote:

4) Any author names and email addresses have been moved to the Red Hat
Author(s) list under the license boilerplate.

I'd rather not have it as "Red Hat Authors" just because that's going to
make things more complicated with non Red Hat contributors. I'd rather
just see it as Authors or left out altogether

I've shortened it to Author(s) for now. The 'Red Hat Author(s)' was handed to me by RH legal. I wanted to keep the boilerplate text similar as much as possible, so that meant keeping the authors listed.

I imagine RH has different rights where RH employees (and maybe
contractors) wrote code than when external folk did. In Australia,
copyright would ordinarily reside with the party that commissioned the work.

I think an AUTHORS file would be more useful as listing names in a header doesn't really explain what the person did, if they even want that. But that's another giant commit for later.

Identifying authorship of individual parts of a document is always
messy, and gets worse with each revision.


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