Bug 1024708 - cowsay included non-free art
cowsay included non-free art
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: cowsay (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Rahul Sundaram
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE-Legal
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Reported: 2013-10-30 05:47 EDT by mejiko
Modified: 2014-01-22 14:40 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-01-22 14:40:01 EST
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Description mejiko 2013-10-30 05:47:16 EDT

cowsay included non-free images.
This is BSD daemon ASCII art.

BSD daemon copyright license is very very restrictive, Its non-free.



1. remove non-free images and rebuild.

2. replace fedora free (Fedora acceptable licensed) images.

3. contact BSD daemon author.

4. remove fedora repos.



Comment 1 mejiko 2013-10-30 05:47:59 EDT
Blocking FE-Legal, This is license problem.
Comment 2 Hans Ulrich Niedermann 2013-11-16 06:59:31 EST
Is this ASCII art even covered under those BSD copyrights?

It does not look anything like those images of the red devil-type bitmap images listed on the the freebsd.org and mckusick.com websites.

Removing /usr/share/cowsay/daemon.cow from the RPM would be trivial, of course.
Comment 3 Tom "spot" Callaway 2014-01-22 14:40:01 EST
There is reasonable evidence that daemon.cow was contributed to cowsay by the copyright holder (Marshall Kirk McKusick). As such, I consider this to be free (unless proven otherwise).

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