How to determine the license of D-Bus interface spec files (XML)?
[cc-me please; I am not on list]
Hi debian-legal list and Debian D-Bus maintainers,
Recently I encountered a package that has unclear license status and I
would like some help from you.
Please take a look at "peek" software. Its packaging repo can be
found at . Files in doubt are in .
Some quick facts:
* Vala source code files are generated from D-Bus interface spec files
(XML format) using "vala-dbus-binding-tool" (exist in Debian Archive)
* Some of XML spec files are generated using "dbus-send" tool (exist
in Debian Archive)
* Other XML files are copied from Freedesktop.org website  and gnome-shell
Now, here is the problem: contents in fd.o website has no licensing
information. I asked (daniels) at irc #freedesktop and the person said
that the status quo is "undefined" and it is not likely to change in
However, I'm not sure about the license of D-Bus interface itself as
well as the XML file that describes such interface. Anyway, it is an
interface, not any concrete implementation. In fact, I can regenerate
the XML spec file included in  using "dbus-send" tool too with a
Debian system where dbus (daemon) is running.
With a GPL-3+ project like , what is the best practice to satisfy
Debian's requirement about packaging and license?
P.S. I'm asking this question looking for an answer to make sure that
this package won't get rejected during the NEW process by ftp-masters
due to licensing problems.