Bug 604922 - Incorrect GPL file in fedora-release
Summary: Incorrect GPL file in fedora-release
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fedora-release
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Cantrell
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: 605378 766008
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-06-17 02:26 UTC by Richard Fontana
Modified: 2014-08-26 00:22 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Clone Of:
: 605378 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2010-06-17 19:18:14 UTC

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Description Richard Fontana 2010-06-17 02:26:53 UTC
Description of problem:

fedora-release includes a GPL license file that contains the following header:

The following copyright applies to the Fedora compilation and any 
portions of Fedora it does not conflict with. Whenever this
policy does conflict with the copyright of any individual portion of Fedora,
it does not apply.


This is based on similar language that was in the GPL text included with RHL releases (note the pre-21st century free software use of "copyright" to mean "copyright license"). The text can be read as suggesting that any GPLv2-compatible parts of Fedora are somehow relicensed under GPLv2, which is not the policy of Red Hat or the Fedora Project. The FSF address information is also out of date.

This file should be replaced with the standard current GPLv2 text maintained by the FSF at: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt

Comment 1 Jesse Keating 2010-06-17 19:18:14 UTC
Fixed upstream, will be in the next build of fedora-release.

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