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cadaver licensing issues: openssl and GPL again


after I have received a Reject from FTP Masters on the cadaver package,
because it is GPL and linked against openssl, I opened up the Bug #163583 and
contacted upstream.


Here is the answer from Joe Orton, which basically tells me that he can't
relicense cadaver.

He is the same oppinion as I am, openssl should be considered part of the
operating system, which in that case is fine with the GPL and would solve
the licensing problem of cadaver (and many other openSSL using packages).

Considering the fact how many packages use the openssl libs, I dont see a
problem in defining openssl a OS base package. Especially since it is
priority "strandard" anyway.

Please cc me and the bug.


----- Forwarded message from Joe Orton <joe@manyfish.co.uk> -----

Envelope-to: ecki@lina.inka.de
From: Joe Orton <joe@manyfish.co.uk>
To: Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@lina.inka.de>
Cc: cadaver@webdav.org, submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: [cadaver] Licensing issues
Mail-Followup-To: Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@lina.inka.de>, cadaver@webdav.org,


On Sun, Oct 06, 2002 at 11:41:49PM +0200, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> Well, anyway. All I would ask you for is, to allow explecitely in your
> README File, that you allow linking with OpenSSL, since libcrypto is not
> considered to be essential part of the operating system (for some strange
> reasons I do not understand :)

I've seen references to this before but I don't completely understand it
either: can you find a statement of why? It seems quite reasonable to me
to state that OpenSSL is "part of the operating system".  If you *don't*
consider that OpenSSL is part of your operating system, then I guess you
are obliged not to redistribute cadaver binaries which are linked
against OpenSSL.

cadaver includes LGPL code under FSF copyright at libneon/ne_md5.c; code
which I cannot relicense, so this is not simply a case of adding an
explicit disclaimer to the GPL as used in cadaver, I'm afraid.



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