Re: mod_ldap licensing issues
On Fri, Jan 31, 2003 at 03:59:37PM +0100, Francesco P. Lovergine wrote:
> We in Debian need some clarifications about your current license
> for mod_ldap. We need minimally to move proftpd-ldap in non-free
> section when 1.2.7 will be uploaded. But this is not a problem of
> yours surely :). Your problem is another one: you released under
I'd hope that John would have some interest in keeping proftpd-ldap in
> GPL and added a send-me-a-postcard condition as an additional
> Unfortunately, this (could) appear a violation of GPL licensing.
> My own suggestion is adopting an ad-hoc GPL-like modified
> license which contains also the postcard req. Or eventually
> drop that requirement.
The main problem I'm seeing--other than its non-freeness--is that proftpd
is GPL, and proftpd-ldap's license is GPL-incompatible. Unless there's
something I'm missing (such as a poorly located license exception), that
makes it undistributable, and I'd expect that the Debian package would
have to either be removed or forked at the latest pure GPL release.