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Re: INFO: Popt 1.14 license evaluation - response appreciated

From: Mark Hatle <mark.hatle@windriver.com>
Date: Thu 03 Mar 2011 - 16:53:08 CET
Message-ID: <4D6FB964.5020201@windriver.com>
On 3/3/11 3:15 AM, Hulin, Gerlinde (E D EA SOL D TC1) wrote:
> Hello,
> Am doing the liecense clearing for open source components in our department. I
> did the clearing your component popt1.4.

I am an engineer at Wind River who works with our legal department on issues
such as this.  One of the key things to remember as you do this type of work is
to understand the purpose of a specific file or component.  If the item is used
only to build the component, then the items contained within that file never
make it into the run-time environment, and never make it onto the target device.
 (Of course there could be licenses that say if it's used for building, it
affects the built code -- but that is rare or non-existent with real Open Source
licenses.)

(minor plug:  This is also a service that commercial Linux vendors should be
able to provide.  While I don't know of any that will take the liability of
interpreting the license information for you, they should be able to assist you
in understanding the purpose of the file and if that file ends up in a binary
and/or end device.  I know the company I work for helps customers answer these
types of questions.)

> I scanned all files of popt 1.14 for license informations. Unfortunately there
> are issues regarding the popt licenses. Most of the licenses does not match with
> the MIT license. Some files are under the GPL (wich is irreversible !), and 2
> license informations are not correct. Jef Johnson told me to post to this email
> in order to get the issues sorted out.

As noted above -- I suspect all of these files are simply build-time files.
This includes any of the files dynamically generated by the GNU auto tools
(autoconf, automake, libtool, etc.)

(Another common file, not in popt, is a bison generated parser.  This is GPLv2
w/ exception or GPLv3 w/ exception -- the exception is basically if you are not
building a parser generator then you are free to use the file, otherwise it's
GPLv2/GPLv3.)

> On the home page popt is stated as MIT style license
> _http://freshmeat.net/tags/mitx-consortium-license_.  But here is what I found:
> *1)      **Global Licenses*
>  
> _*MIT style - disclaimer X Consortium for promotion*_ 	Copyright (c) 1998  Red
> Hat Software
>  
> Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
> of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
> in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
> to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
> copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
> furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
>  
> The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
> all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
>  
> THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
> IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
> FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
> X CONSORTIUM BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN
> AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN
> CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
>  
> Except as contained in this notice,***the name of the X Consortium shall not be*
> *used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale*, use or other dealings
> in this Software without prior written authorization from the X Consortium.
> 	<36> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\COPYING

> <294> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\install-sh
> <3070> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\config.sub
> <2250> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\config.guess
> <14434> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\ltmain.sh

The above 4 files are build only files.  Either part of or generated by the
autotools mentioned above.

> <125> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\popthelp.c
> <47> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\poptint.h

Two files above are part of the runtime binaries.

> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\test1.c

The above is a test case, which normally you would not ship.

> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\sv.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\vi.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\fr.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\pl.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\de.po

The above are translation files, you may or may not ship the resulting text
depending on your development.

> <44> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\popt.h
> <49> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\poptparse.c

The files above are also part of the runtime binaries.

> <2797> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\popt.3

The file above is a man-page.  You may or may not be shipping man page
documentation with your product.

> <50> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\poptconfig.c

Again, another file that is part of the runtime binary.

> 
>  
> *2)      **Other Licenses – NO NOT USE – license issue*
> *Open Issue* 	... /* (C) 1998-2002 Red Hat, Inc. -- Licensing details are in the
> COPYING
>    file accompanying popt source distributions, available from
>    _ftp://ftp.rpm.org/pub/rpm/dist_. */ ... 	This strin occurs in many places
> but the
> this link here is not correct
> *Wrong license information* 	# This file is distributed under the same license
> as the popt package.
> # This file is put in the public domain.
> 	<0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\fi.po

Translation file, you may or may not end up shipping this.

> *Dual License GPL or LGPL without any version number -> this is wrong* 	/*
>     Popt Library Test Program Number Too
>    
>     --> "a real world test of popt bugs" <--
>     Copyright (C) 1999 US Interactive, Inc.
>     This program can be used under the GPL or LGPL at your
>     whim as long as this Copyright remains attached. 
> */
> 	<0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\test2.c
>  

This is a test-case, it's doubtful you would ship it on a production device.

>   	  	 
> 
>  
> *3)      **Other Licenses*
> *GPL V2 or later Reference with Autoconf Exception_cct*
>  
> 	This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
> it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
> the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
> (at your option) any later version.
> This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
> but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
> MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
> GNU General Public License for more details.
> You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
> along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
> Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street - Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
> 02110-1301, USA.
> As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> distribute this file as part of a program that contains a
> configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under
> the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that program.
> 	<426> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\config.sub
> <223> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\config.guess
> <326> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\ltmain.sh
> <153243> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <315017> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\configure

All of the above are autotools generated or related files -- these are
build-time only.

> *GPL exception clause 1* 	# This program is free software; you can redistribute
> it and/or modify
> # it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
> # the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
> # any later version.
>  
> # This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
> # but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
> # MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
> # GNU General Public License for more details.
>  
> # You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
> # along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
> # Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
> # 02110-1301, USA.
>  
> # As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> # distribute this file as part of a program *that contains a*
> *# configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under*
> *# the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that program.*
> 	<964> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\missing
> <885> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\depcomp

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> *GPL v2 or later reference 13* 	This program is free software; you can
> redistribute it and/or modify
> it under the terms of the G*NU General Public License as published by
> the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
> any later version.*
> This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
> but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
> MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
> GNU General Public License for more details.
> You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
> along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
> Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor,
> Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.
> 	<273> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\missing
> <194> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\depcomp

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> *Unlimited Permission Notice FSF* 	This configure script is free software; the
> Free Software Foundation
> gives unlimited permission to copy, distribute and modify it. 	<302>
> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\configure
> <44604> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\configure
> <258374> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <259966> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <260954> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <261998> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <263084> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <263831> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <265434> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <266746> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <267274> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <238424> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <239987> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <242451> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <243414> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <249716> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <252572> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <257245> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <257710> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <297> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\config.rpath
> <1125> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <98> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\lib-ld.m4
> <108> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\progtest.m4
> <102> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\lib-prefix.m4
> <106> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\nls.m4
> <95> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\po.m4
> <100> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\gettext.m4
> <101> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\lib-link.m4
> <105> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\iconv.m4

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> *Makefile.in is free Software* 	This Makefile.in is free software; the Free
> Software Foundation
> gives unlimited permission to copy and/or distribute it,
> with or without modifications, as long as this notice is preserved.
> This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
> but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law; without
> even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
> PARTICULAR PURPOSE. 	<220> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\Makefile.in

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> *FSF Unlimited Permission* 	dnl Copyright (C) 1995-2007 Free Software
> Foundation, Inc.
> dnl *This file is free software; the Free Software Foundation*
> *dnl gives unlimited permission t*o copy and/or distribute it,
> dnl with or without modifications, as long as this notice is preserved.
> dnl
> dnl This file can can be used in projects which are not available under
> dnl the GNU General Public License or the GNU Library General Public
> dnl License but which still want to provide support for the GNU gettext
> dnl functionality.
> dnl Please note that the actual code of the GNU gettext library is covered
> dnl by the GNU Library General Public License, and the rest of the GNU
> dnl gettext package package is covered by the GNU General Public License.
> dnl They are *not* in the public domain.
> 	<1323> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4
> <306> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\progtest.m4
> <304> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\nls.m4
> <293> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\po.m4
> <298> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\m4\gettext.m4
> <156> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\aclocal.m4

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> *Public Domain* 	# This file is put in the public domain.
> 	<1431> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\install-sh

Again, autotools generated or related -- build-time only.

> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\ga.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\nl.po
> <0> \artifact.unpacked\popt-1.14\po\popt.pot
>  

Translation files.

>  
> Best regards,
> 
> Gerlinde Hulin
> 
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