[DebianGIS-dev] licensing issue in libgeotiff
pertusus at free.fr
Tue Aug 8 11:45:57 UTC 2006
The inclusion of libgeotiff (which is included in debian gdal if
I'm not wrong) in fedora extras is blocked by a licencing issue that
may be relevant for debian.
It seems like some data included in libgeotiff is covered by:
3. The data may not be distributed for profit by any third party;
With regard to (3) above, the data may be included within proprietary
applications distributed on a commercial basis when the commerciality
is based on application functionality and not on a value ascribed to
the freely-distributed EPSG dataset.
The intention of the epsg people is certainly to have their data bundled
with free software, but the comment doesn't seems to fit that goal. Indeed
in case of free software, the commercial basis isn't necessarily based on
the application functionnality, since application is available freely
What is your opinion on that issue?
The fedora extras inclusion review is here:
I sent also that mail to the other people involved in the fedora review
but since I didn't ask them they are hidden.
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