Re: Bug#254596: jftpgw: Several license problems
Romain Francoise wrote:
> Package: jftpgw
> Version: 0.13.5-1
> Severity: serious
> The jftpgw package currently distributed in Debian has two license
> 1. The source contains a file named snprintf.c that doesn't contain any
> copyright notice or license header. It appears to be copied verbatim
> from the Mutt distribution, which it itself under the GPL, so it may
> be a non-issue, but I think a clarification could be useful.
> (Moreover, I think the libc functions could be used instead.)
Should be used instead. Unless snprintf.c is functionally different from
the libc version, it's just a waste of space for Debian.
> 2. The source contains a file named rel2abs.c under the 4-clause BSD
> license (copied here in full):
> Clause #3 (advertising clause) is not compatible with the GNU GPL
> under which the rest of the program is distributed, hence making the
> whole thing impossible to distribute. Please ask the original author
> to relicense the file under a 3-clause BSD license,
Or 2-clause BSD. (For that, drop clause 3 *and* drop clause 4, which is
redundant with the 'right of publicity' in all known jurisdictions).
> or replace the
> offending code with replacements under a compatible license.
> Both files provide functions used elsewhere in the program and don't
> constitute mere source aggregation.
> CC'ing upstream author and debian-legal for comments.
Your analysis is correct. :-)
There are none so blind as those who will not see.