Bug#781566: COPYING2 contains some armchair licensing

Paul Tagliamonte paultag at debian.org
Tue Mar 31 03:08:28 UTC 2015

Package: apophenia
Severity: serious
User: paultag at debian.org
Usertags: ftp
X-Debbugs-CC: ftpmaster at ftp-master.debian.org

Right, hello, maintainers!

Thanks for all your work,

This work is licensed under the GPLv2. At least, it tries to. COPYING2
contains a further restriction on distribution that results in a work
that is *not* distributable, since the headers say v2 (not v2 or later)
with these changes (the GPLv3 lets us remove further restrictions)

I question if a lawyer was behind these changes, and I also question the
validity of this license, and as a result, I question the

Could you please ask upstream to either pick AGPL, LGPL or GPL? It seems
like the author wants to use the GPL, but the first part of COPYING2 wants
to be AGPL, and the second wants to be LGPL.

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