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Bug#506977: FPC: copyright infringement in pre 2.2.2 sources

Hi debian-legal
(please cc 506977@bugs.debian.org on reply)

I just filed the bug below about a copyright infringement in the fpc
source from before version 2.2.2 (that is everything except unstable). I
am also following and trying to help on the Ubuntu bug which discusses
the same problem [1]. Could you help by explaining what needs to be done
(if anything) with the current old-stable, stable and testing sources?
It looks like we should take this seriously, but I fear this is slightly
above my head. Especially the fact that upstream removed all the old
releases from their website seems to mark that they took it very seriously.

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fpc/+bug/275688

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Bug#506977: FPC: copyright infringement in pre 2.2.2 sources
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 10:42:13 -0600
From: Paul Gevers
To: submit@bugs.debian.org

Package: fpc
Version: 2.2.0-dfsg1-9
Version: 2.0.0-4
Severity: serious

As can be read in the changelog of the latest version the old source of
fpc has a copyright infringment:
- Possible CodeGear Copyright infringements in the source were reworked
  using cleanroom approach.

Following the full discussion for the same issue in Ubuntu (discussed in
LP bug 275688 [1]) it looks like upstream is now positive of the
infringement. Upstream removed all old releases from their servers.
Debian should probably seek for a similar solution or relicense
(although the latter solution is said in [1] that it should probably
never be mentioned)

I know it is late for Lenny, but I think we should look into this ASAP.
I will point debian-legal to this bug as well.


[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fpc/+bug/275688

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