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Re: Determining Intention for Licensing

Hello Riley,

On 25-07-14 05:20, Riley Baird wrote:
> Hello debian-legal!
> I am currently packaging GMastermind, and I have run into a licensing issue.
> In the package, every source file that has a license header is released
> under GPL-2, with the "or, at your option, any later version" statement.
> However, some files don't have license headers, and the README file
> states "GMastermind is relased under GNU Gneneral Public Licence 2.0
> (see gpl.txt)".
> Note the lack of the "any later version" statement. It appears that the
> intention was clear, and the mistaken notice in the README was accidental.
> Also, fwiw, "released" and "general" are spelt wrongly and "gpl.txt" no
> longer exists, having been replaced by COPYING.
> You can download the source archive here [1]. (Also, I'm looking for a
> sponsor to upload the package. If you're interested, see here for the
> sponsorship request [2]).

I think the first step should be to ask upstream to clarify / fix the
README.  Have you tried that?  What was their response?

Though even if some parts are GPLv2-only and some are GPLv2-or-later,
GPLv2-only is sufficient for debian.

-- Kuno.

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