Henry Spencer's license
by Petr Šabata
While checking the contents of our `perl' package, I noticed the following:
/* NOTE: this is derived from Henry Spencer's regexp code, and should not
* confused with the original package (see point 3 below). Thanks, Henry!
/* Additional note: this code is very heavily munged from Henry's version
* in places. In some spots I've traded clarity for efficiency, so don't
* blame Henry for some of the lack of readability.
/* The names of the functions have been changed from regcomp and
* regexec to pregcomp and pregexec in order to avoid conflicts
* with the POSIX routines of the same names.
* pregcomp and pregexec -- regsub and regerror are not used in perl
* Copyright (c) 1986 by University of Toronto.
* Written by Henry Spencer. Not derived from licensed software.
* Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any
* purpose on any computer system, and to redistribute it freely,
* subject to the following restrictions:
* 1. The author is not responsible for the consequences of use of
* this software, no matter how awful, even if they arise
* from defects in it.
* 2. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented, either
* by explicit claim or by omission.
* 3. Altered versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not
* be misrepresented as being the original software.
**** Alterations to Henry's code are...
**** Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
**** 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
**** by Larry Wall and others
**** You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public
**** License or the Artistic License, as specified in the README file.
You can see the whole file here:
I looked but couldn't find any common name for this license
of Henry's. Is it on our list? Is it free? What name should
I use in the License tag?
3 weeks, 5 days
George Douros' fonts can no longer be packaged in Fedora
by Alexander Ploumistos
Following this discussion:
it was suggested that I alert the good folks on this list.
To summarize the situation: a couple of days ago, George Douros
updated a number of his fonts and at the same time he placed them
under a new, restrictive license (until now, these fonts were in the
Public Domain). You can see all that here:
This affects the following packages:
The takeaway of a long discussion I had with him is that he does not
want to remove the non-commercial clause of his license text (or any
of the other restrictions), but at the same time he does not mind us
carrying and redistributing the fonts, which is contradictory to say
In his last message he said that he would be open to negotiating
another license with Fedora. I think I have exhausted any goodwill I
might have had with him over the years and I'm not fit to discuss this
issue any further with him. If anyone feels this is a goal worth
pursuing, that's how things stand at the moment.
4 years, 11 months
Questions about some things I'm doing for my SIG
by Abhiram Kuchibhotla
Good day, everyone.
I have a few questions about some things I'm doing for the Fedora Live SIG that I started a week ago.
Firstly, are SIGs allowed to have their own branding?
The reason I'm asking this is that since this is a very livestream oriented SIG, am I allowed to provide a kit containing stream cards that would be shown from time to time. Another reason I'm asking this is that is it alright for me to use the fedora logo as shown in the image below:
Secondly, what is the policy on domains?
Am I allowed to register, say, `fedoralive.streams` and then redirect it back to the SIG wiki page to make it easier to publicize the SIG?
Thank you for taking the time to answer this.
My FAS: axeld
4 years, 11 months
by Artur Iwicki
There is a game package "paintown" ; pushed to stable F28, currently in updates-testing for F27 . I installed the game from updates-testing and noticed that the game seems to use copyrighted assets - it features characters from franchises such as Street Fighter, Marvel comics, and Dragon Ball. While I'm not 100% certain if the assets themselves are copyrighted - it's possible they are not ripped from other games, but rather fan-made spritesheets - I'm pretty sure that the use of the characters themselves constitutes as infringement. As such, I think the package should be pulled before it causes us any legal troubles.
4 years, 12 months