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

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Mon Dec 11 21:15:23 UTC 2017

On Mon 2017-12-11 21:38:38 +0100, Werner Koch wrote:
> 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.

I think he was pointing to the clause after the bit you cited:

>>>>     …However, this
>>>> -- document itself may not be modified in any way, such as by removing
>>>> -- the copyright notice or references to the Internet Society or other
>>>> -- Internet organizations, except as needed for the purpose of
>>>> -- developing Internet standards in which case the procedures for
>>>> -- copyrights defined in the Internet Standards process must be
>>>> -- followed, or as required to translate it into languages other than
>>>> -- English.

which definitely seems problematic (though i confess that when talking
about digital copies it's hard for me to know what "this document
itself" actually means).


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