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Bug#678746: desktop-base: Joy theme is a mix of incompatibly-licensed works

severity 678746 normal
retitle 678746 debian/copyright is worded poorly
tags 678746 + pending

On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 07:03:01PM +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
> reopen 678746
> thanks
> On Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:43:12 +0200 Julien Cristau wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 07:34:50 -0400, Paul Tagliamonte wrote:
> > 
> > > > The major issue seems to be that the Joy plymouth theme mixes parts
> > > > released under CC-by-sa-v3.0 and parts released under GPLv2+.
> > > > Since CC-by-sa-v3.0 is incompatible with GPLv2+, I would say that the
> > > > resulting work is legally undistributable.
> > > 
> > > This *might* be true if it was two bits of code that get linked
> > > together, but since Plymouth (and the plugin, which is GPLv2) only
> > > render the CC-BY-SA 3.0 work, it should be fine.
> > > 
> > Quite.  Closing.
> Please, let's keep this bug report open until each part of it gets
> fixed.
> First of all, there is still the issue with the missing acknowledgment
> that the Joy theme is based on the Debian “Open Use” (without “Debian”
> word) logo: Paul Tagliamonte has stated that he'll fix this part
> tonight.

Already fixed in svn :)

> Then there's the clarification of the debian/copyright file, which is
> also still to be done.

Fixed the plymouth issue.

> But it already seems that this will have to be done differently, since
> the upstream author of the Joy theme (Adrien Aubourg) has just stated
> that he'll soon re-license his theme under the GPL.

I hate the idea of licensing images under GPL, even though we do have
the "preferred form of the work for making modifications to it".

This is another flame-war I won't open, but I hate the idea of
non-software under a software license. This is all moot, since
He said he'd relicense it, so if he does, I'll reflect that. If not, I
have no problems keeping a DFSG free license in this package.

> Hence I think the debian/copyright file needs some modifications, before
> this bug report may be closed...

It's sitting in svn. I'm waiting for some more patches before I upload.
AFAICT the legal issue is fine, even if the copyright is poorly phrased,
which I admit it is.

I'll wait for the last changes to trickle in and fix this in the

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Thanks again,

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