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Re: Doubts and Ideas

On Wed, May 30, 2007 at 04:08:25PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > I'm unsure if we should start contacting contributors and fix the long
> > standing license problem of the website.
> What license problem? Everything is licensed to SPI, always has been.

I'm suprised you ask this. Have you read 238245?

Several problems:

- The website claims the Copyright belongs to SPI even if no contributor,
  AFAIK, is asked a paper signed email to transfer copyright before they 
  start contributing. We should change this and start collecting (c)
  transfers from (at least) current and future contributors.

  As per the discussion in #238245, since this has not been done the content
  is not "legally" licensed by SPI.

- Debian-legal says that the website license (OPL) not DFSG-free (see
  and it certainly is not GPL
  compatible. See #238245 and #388141 as I stated in my email.

  This means no content from the site can (legally) be copied over to, for
  example, a GPL-licensed document (such as those produced by the DDP) or a
  GPL program.

  Does this happen often? I couldn't say, but for example, I've recently seen
  reportbug-ng reuse the exact same content from the website for it's UI
  interface (which is GPLD). I'm not sure reportbug-ng's author is aware of
  him violating a license.

I proposed a plan to fix this issue (see the bug report). But did not have
the energy to pursue it further.



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