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Re: Sources licensed under PHP License and not being PHP are not distributable

Le Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 01:53:48PM +0200, Ondřej Surý a écrit :
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 13:36, Faidon Liambotis wrote:
> > On 06/26/14 14:00, Ondřej Surý wrote:
> > > I should have done this earlier before cloning the bugs, so here's
> > > some more background on the bugs filled.
> > >
> > > I did have a quite long and extensive chat with FTP Masters
> > > and our conclusion was that PHP License (any version) is
> > > suitable only for software that comes directly from "PHP Group",
> > > that basically means only PHP (src:php5) itself.
> > 
> > Could you elaborate on the reasoning of that? Neither your email to 
> > -devel nor the one to -legal[1] explains why you think so and whatever 
> > it is, I think it's far from obvious. I think an outcome that results in 
> > a mass (RC) bug filing needs to be better documented than that -- and 
> > btw, you're supposed to mail debian-devel *before* you do so, not after; 
> > cf. developer's reference 7.1.1.
> Don't shoot the messenger, I just did the dirty work.
> I have discussed this with ftp-masters and release team before
> filling the bugs, arguing heavily in disagreement with ftp-master's
> REJECT FAQ - the PHP License REJECT is there since 2005.

Hi Ondrej,

sorry for not having answered your email on debian-legal despite agreeing with
your point of view.  Given my long history of fighting with the FTP team, I was
worried that my opinion would count peanuts or even have the opposite effect as

This said, while the PHP license is definitely a poor choice for software that
is not produced by the PHP group, I do not see how it can make the software

If your disagreement with the FTP team is unresolvable, and if you have time,
maybe you can try to open a ticket for a resolution by the Technical Comittee ?

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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