Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Posted Jul 28, 2004 0:15 UTC (Wed) by piman
In reply to: Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Parent article: Choosing an open source license (NewsForge)
I just downloaded the source to RPM from http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/2/SRPMS/rpm-4.3.1-0.3.src.rpm. (Incidentally, it's very difficult to find RPM 4.3's source, and I couldn't find it at all in non-RPM form.) I also grabbed RPM 4.2 from RH9.
RPM 4.2's libelf is pretty clearly under the OSL; every file in rpm-4.2/elfutils/libelf has an OSL header, and rpm-4.2/elfutils/COPYING is a copy of the OSL. So, distributing Fedora Core 1 infringes on Red Hat's copyright, which IMO is more than enough to justify the "Larry Rosen considered harmful" comments above, and a serious problem on Red Hat's part for not checking licenses before releasing.
RPM 4.3 does not include elfutils/libelf, so I got it separately (again from FC2). Now I find that libelf is licensed under the GPL (hooray). However, other parts of elfutils are licensed under the OSL and link to libelf. So now, RPM is fine; it's just all the rest of elfutils that can't be distributed. The exact software causing the problem has changed, but the nature of the problem hasn't.
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