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Re: GPL-2-only packages using GPL-3+ readline

There are a few lawyers here, myself included, though I’m not sure anyone on list actually has an attorney-client relationship with the distro or its makers (and to be clear, I have no such relationship and nothing I say here should be construed as legal advice). 

All of that said, the suggestion to use an older readline version with GPLv2 or GPLv2+ licensing when building with GPLv2-only packages seems appropriate to me.

Happy New Year everyone!


Sent from my iPhone, apologies for misspellings, odd autocorrects, misplaced edits and other randomness.

On Jan 2, 2021, at 2:48 AM, Simon McVittie <smcv@debian.org> wrote:

On Sat, 02 Jan 2021 at 00:48:43 +0100, Bastian Germann wrote:
There are some packages with GPL-2-only licensed binaries that link with
GPL-3+ licensed libreadline.so.8. I do not know Debian-legal's current
interpretation on that matter.

debian-legal is purely advisory, does not control what is in Debian, and
does not necessarily contain any actual lawyers. The archive administrators
<ftpmaster@debian.org> are the group that controls what is and isn't
accepted into Debian.

   (not a lawyer either)

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