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Bug#436105: suggestion to add GPL-1 as a common licence

On Fri, 2010-06-11 at 11:35 +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> Ok, I agree that it would a good idea to include GPL-1 in common-licenses
> because of the high number of packages still using it.

I'm sorry, but I disagree, for the time being.  I do not believe that
large numbers of packages are deliberately using GPL v1, and I think
that anyone who is needs to confirm that explicitly since (I hope) many
of them have moved on to less broken licenses such as GPL3 or GPL2.

> The blurb in debian/copyright has usually two parts.

'usually' is not sufficient.  We need to explicitly know what the
license is.

> Thus, I see no reason to use a versioned license when the license says
> "version foo or later".

Well, that's OK, perhaps, if you have confirmed that the software
license of the upstream project has that text, except that *exactly*
that text might be the *only* difference from the standard text.

If we have a common license which is GPL-1-or-later in common licenses I
would be OK with.  I would not be ok with a common license of GPL-1
only, because (a) hopefully it is rare and (b) it is acknowledged to be
old and broken, to some degree, and should be discouraged.


andrew (AT) morphoss (DOT) com                            +64(272)DEBIAN
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