GPL and WINE licence compatible?
I was about to ITP icoutils (http://www.student.lu.se/~nbi98oli/src/),
but I had a last-minute worry about the licence. It's mostly GPL, except
that some files in the source are distributed under the Wine licence.
Most of this seems to be OK (largely BSDish with no advertising clause),
but I'm concerned about section (3) of the first paragraph. I initially
read it as one set of conditions under which one could distribute in
source or binary-only form, and that the set of conditions in the second
paragraph would be the ones that would apply to Debian. However, the
second paragraph only mentions sources, and we distribute binaries too.
Is this something which would bar us from distributing icoutils?
The current version of Wine in Debian carries the X11 licence, so if
this turned out to be a problem then perhaps I could just create a new
source package with those newer include files instead (or, better, talk
to the upstream author about it).
Here's the copy of the Wine licence included in the icoutils sources:
You may without charge, royalty or other payment, copy and
distribute copies of this work and derivative works of this work
in source or binary form provided that: (1)
you appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright
notice; (2) faithfully reproduce all prior copyright notices
included in the original work (you may also add your own
copyright notice); and (3) agree to indemnify and hold all prior
authors, copyright holders and licensors of the work harmless
from and against all damages arising from use of the work.
You may distribute sources of derivative works of the work
provided that (1) (a) all source files of the original work that
have been modified, (b) all source files of the derivative work
that contain any party of the original work, and (c) all source
files of the derivative work that are necessary to compile, link
and run the derivative work without unresolved external calls and
with the same functionality of the original work (``Necessary
Sources'') carry a prominent notice explaining the nature and date
of the modification and/or creation. You are encouraged to make
the Necessary Sources available under this license in order to
further the development and acceptance of the work.
I'd appreciate any opinions you might have on this.
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]