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

Andreas Metzler ametzler at bebt.de
Fri Dec 29 16:38:50 UTC 2017

On 2017-12-11 Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at fifthhorseman.net> wrote:
> 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).

It is a license that was clearly not designed for code.

cu Andreas
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