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Re: What to do if a deprecated license is used? nescc java files with intel license



On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 10:58:16AM -0400, Tom spot Callaway wrote:
> On 10/15/2009 10:02 AM, Till Maas wrote:
> > Hiyas,
> > 
> > I looked into packaging the nesc compiler
> > (https://sourceforge.net/projects/nescc) and I noticed that it uses the
> > deprecated intel license for some java files:
> > http://nescc.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/nescc/nesc/COPYRIGHT?revision=1.2&view=markup
> > http://nescc.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/nescc/nesc/INTEL-LICENSE?revision=1.1&view=markup
> > 
> > I opened a bug in their bug tracking system for this:
> > https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=2879881&group_id=56288&atid=480036
> > 
> > The Intel license is OSI approved, but deprecated and therefore
> > currently not allowed for Fedora afaics:
> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing#Bad_Licenses
> > Btw. it's a "should not", so maybe it is ok, nevertheless. Or it should
> > be a "must not" guideline, e.g. because it also affects non OSI approved
> > liceneses afaics.
> 
> I've updated the wording there to clarify that no Fedora package may use
> anything under a "Bad" License.

Thanks. Can you maybe also give me some arguments, why I should get the
project to change from the Intel license? There is also a huge actively
maintained project using that license and it also states that it is a
BSD-style license:

http://www.tinyos.net/contrib.html

I just checked and the main difference between the New BSD license
(no advertising, 3 clause) is, that it also adds a note about export
regulations. So afaics, if it was not explicitly be banned from Fedora,
then one could use it just with the BSD shortname afaics. This is very
confusing.

Regards
Till

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