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Re: Question on how to handled "GPL with exceptions" in a package review.



Jeff Spaleta wrote:
Good Morning campers,

I've been working on the review of pigment and I had a question
concerning whether I need
to ask for a legal review of the license. Its GPL with an additional
exception clause. Now personally, I've no problem with the additional
clause but I aint no lawyer'n type monkey so take my opinion with a
grain of salt.  This is the first time I've come across a GPL with
additional exceptions license as a reviewer so I want to tread
carefully.

Do additional exceptions tacked on to the GPL require a legal review
or is this a best judgement situation?

The rule of thumb when dealing with GPL exceptions is to ask yourself this question: Does it add restrictions or does it relax it?

Allowing more than what the GPL license would otherwise do is ok. For example, a exception to allow a GPL'ed library to link to OpenSSL. A exception that adds restrictions on top is not ok. For example, you may
not use this application in a commercial way.

The GPL exception on this pigment review
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=233597 seem ok to me.

Rahul


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