Bug 1334294 - gnuplot and Questionable licensed files
Summary: gnuplot and Questionable licensed files
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnuplot
Version: rawhide
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Frantisek Kluknavsky
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: FE-Legal
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-05-09 10:53 UTC by mejiko
Modified: 2016-05-16 20:42 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2016-05-16 20:42:30 UTC

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Description mejiko 2016-05-09 10:53:33 UTC

Gnuplot included unclear/unknown licensed code.

#File List Start:

A) "gnuplot-5.0.1/src/color.*"

B) "gnuplot-5.0.1/src/bf_test.c"

This file (B) copyright infomation is: 

"Copyright (c) 1992 Robert K. Cunningham, MIT Lincoln Laboratory"

#File List End:

Why ?

A) "Open Source" is not license.

B) No license infomation. but This author is listed GNUPlot Contributor. See: http://www.gnuplot.info/docs_5.0/gnuplot.pdf

This problem already reported. (Gnewsense).

I suggest that resolve license problem.



Comment 1 Tom "spot" Callaway 2016-05-16 20:42:02 UTC
It is highly likely that Petr Mikulik, as a listed "substantial contributor" to gnuplot (http://www.gnuplot.info/faq/faq.html) considers his code in gnuplot to be under the gnuplot license, despite the poor attribution in color.c. The same is true for Robert Cunningham.

Given that these files are distributed in a tarball with a license that applies to the entire work (gnuplot license) with these contributors being openly recognized for almost 20 years, I think it is safe to treat these files as being under the terms of the gnuplot license.

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