Re: All DPL Candidates: www.debian.org licensing?
Lucas Nussbaum <email@example.com> wrote: [...]
> It seems to me that, for this issue to be solved, we first need a
> clear consensus on debian-www@ about:
> - the plan we are going to follow
I believe we need legal advice on the validity of the various plans
before there will be a clear consensus on one. The relevant published
legal opinions on relicensing were commissioned by people who appear
to have interests in copyright assignments, which the debian project
does not share.
> - the license we are going to use
There seemed to be broad consensus on BSD-style as default with other
DFSG licences like GPLv2 being allowed, didn't there?
> It could be a good idea to write a DEP about that, so other developers
> have a clear document to read and understand (as opposed to a bug log).
Maybe. What's the current DEP HOWTO?
> Questions about that issue:
> 1) You seem to think that delegating someone now would be useful. Why?
I think we should ask a debian-tied lawyer before doing a lot of unfun
work which may turn out to be useless if we get it wrong. I'm not
confident that we can do this through SPI unless the DPL or a delegate
asks, because some SPI members seem to oppose it without that. Even
so, I think SPI is the best route for the project to ask a lawyer.
> 2) Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña's plan include:
> | b) old contributors to the web site [..] should be contacted and ask to
> | agree to this license change.
> | c) a note should be added to the Debian site [..] describing the
> | license change [..] and giving a 6 month period for comments.
> If some old contributors can't be contacted, would a note on the website
> visible for 6 months be legally enough to move forward with the license
> change? Later, you suggested shortening that period. Is this legally
I expect the validity of using a general notice depends more on
whether it was reasonably prominent, rather than having a 6 month
comment period, but I don't know: I am not a lawyer. Are you? If
not, can we ask one of ours, if Raphael becomes DPL?
Hope that clarifies,
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