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Re: GPL'ed code in svn/trunk/contrib

From: Brian W. Fitzpatrick <fitz_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-02-18 06:09:16 CET

On Feb 17, 2005, at 10:48 PM, kfogel@collab.net wrote:

> "Brian W. Fitzpatrick" <fitz@collab.net> writes:
>> It appears that we've got a few scripts licensed under the GPL in
>> contrib/client-side, most recently, the svn-clean script. I thought
>> our rules were that if it's in the repository, it's under the same
>> license as Subversion (with the book being a notable exception). Is
>> contrib/ an exception as well?
>
> My understanding has always been that yes, contrib/ is an exception.
>
> The GPL, or any DFSG-compliant license, is fine for stuff in contrib/,
> and CollabNet need not be the copyright holder. That stuff is
> distributed with Subversion for convenience; both its name and its
> nature make it reasonably clear that it is "with" Subversion but not
> "part of" Subversion, I think.
>
> Here for reference is the famous "mere aggregation" clause of the GPL:
>
> In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the
> Program with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a
> volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other
> work under the scope of this License.
>
> (Remember that "the Program" refers to the work in contrib/, not to
> Subversion.)

That's fine... I was just checking.

Thanks,

-Fitz

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