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Re: Establishing dialog between the Debian project and OGC regarding Document & Software Notice terms

Hi Bas,

if you ark me not a single person (ftpmaster) but debian-devel list might
be a proper place to discuss.

Kind regards


On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 02:46:48PM +0100, Bas Couwenberg wrote:
> Hi Thorsten,
> A recurring problem with geospatial software in the Free Software community
> and Debian in particular has been the terms of the OGC Document Notice and
> Software Notice licenses. The problematic OGC license terms were first
> discussed with you after the rejection of TinyOWS [0]. The discussion
> triggered by the rejection raised some issues [1] that to this day cannot be
> resolved because we've not been able to establish a dialog between the
> Debian FTP masters and OGC.
> In February 2015 the problematic OGC licenses were discussed on the OSGeo
> standards list [2], because the PyCSW project and its packaging was affected
> by the same issues as TinyOWS [3]. OGC followed that discussion and wants
> "to do whatever possible to ensure that OGC licensing is not a hurdle".
> OGC has provided George Percivall (CC'ed) as a contact point to discuss the
> OGC license terms, and I hope that you can fulfill this role on the Debian
> side as a representative of the FTP masters. If you are not willing or able
> to fulfill this role, do you have any suggestions who would be a good
> contact in Debian to discuss the licensing issues with people from OGC?
> Scott Simmons (also CC'ed) informed me [4] that they never heard back from
> Debian when they tried to discuss this issue. Since I directed them to the
> general ftpmaster@ contact and that didn't work out, I'm now addressing you
> personally since you were the FTP master to reject these packages and
> involved in the follow-up discussion.
> [0] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-grass-devel/2014-January/017300.html
> [1] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-grass-devel/2014-January/017321.html
> [2] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/standards/2015-February/000834.html
> [3] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-grass-devel/2014-November/024520.html
> [4] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/standards/2015-November/000937.html
> Kind Regards,
> Bas


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