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Re: [libvirt] Question about PHP licencing for libvirt-php (php-libvirt for Fedora)



On 03/09/2011 06:17 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Wed, Mar 09, 2011 at 06:05:22PM +0100, Michal Novotny wrote:
Hi,
I don't know who's the right person to ask so I'm posting this into
the libvir-list. We're going to have the libvirt-php package in
Fedora (but renamed to php-libvirt only) but I don't know about the
licencing. The licence in the SPEC file (by Lyre) is set to "PHP"
however the licence file describes the GPL licence.

My question is whether somebody does know whether it's OK to write a
PHP extension under GPL licence or whether we need the PHP licence
for this.
The PHP license is *not* GPL compatible

   https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/PHP_License
   http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLIncompatibleLicenses

So, the libvirt-php module would have to be under either the PHP license,
or something less restrictive.

Regards,
Daniel
Well, I've been reading PHP-LICENSE-3.01 file of php-pecl-ssh2 package and I found out following in the PHP license:

  4. Products derived from this software may not be called "PHP", nor
     may "PHP" appear in their name, without prior written permission
     from group php net   You may indicate that your software works in
     conjunction with PHP by saying "Foo for PHP" instead of calling
     it "PHP Foo" or "phpfoo"

This way we won't be able to call it php-libvirt unless we write to group php net for permission. Should we use the PHP license, i.e. ask for the permission, or should we move to some other license? Any ideas what license would be good for this?

Thanks,
Michal

--
Michal Novotny<minovotn redhat com>, RHCE
Virtualization Team (xen userspace), Red Hat


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