[pkg-gnupg-maint] RFH libksba license problem: src/cms.asn

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Mon Dec 11 20:38:38 UTC 2017

On Sat,  9 Dec 2017 12:16, ametzler at bebt.de said:

> libksba's src/cms.asn contains a copy of a part of RFC2630. Copyright is
> insane (for code):

Please explain.

> -- or assist in its implementation may be prepared, copied, published
> -- and distributed, in whole or in part, without restriction of any
> -- kind, provided that the above copyright notice and this paragraph are
> -- included on all such copies and derivative works.  However, this

What is insane with this: You may copy, it, you may distribute it, you
may modify it, you may distribute modified copies.  The copyright
noticed is distributed with libska as required.

> expanded (rfc2459). This rfc dates from 1999 when (afaik) ietf made no
> special case for re-usage of code. Only rfcs after Nov 11 2008 carry a

copyright is not about code but about text.  Even if it would be, it is
highly questionable whether the formal description of a protocol is per
se a copyright-able work.



Die Gedanken sind frei.  Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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