Re: nmap licensing claims
Birzan George Cristian wrote:
One: nmap's license is GPL. the "mention" you talked about is just a
warning to SCO that, having violated the GPL, their license is
terminated, in accordance
Now, my questions for you are:
1) Is nmap's licence GPL, or by adding that mention, they created a new
2) Is nmap DFSG compliant, and can be distributed in Debian?
Two: see One above.
3) Was I on crack when reading the above?
Three: it seems so. :-)
In Fyodor's opinion, SCO violated some (yet unknown?) terms of the GPL
license in his works (nmap). He is telling them their license is
therefore void. As to especulate where SCO violated Fyodor's rights,
it's possible that the language at the second half of section 5 explains it:
"Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based
on the Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so,
and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying
the Program or works based on it."
But, as SCO stated in *official court documents*, they do not accept the
GPL as a valid license; therefore, they cannot distribute nmap.