[DebianGIS-dev] Bug#497115: gpsdrive: possibly non-free file scripts/gpsfetchmap.pl

Andreas Putzo andreas at putzo.net
Sat Aug 30 21:13:12 UTC 2008


On Aug 30  01:42, Sami Liedes wrote:
> [Cc: to debian-legal]
> The source package contains the file scripts/gpsfetchmap.pl, which
> has this copyright notice:
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> #!/usr/bin/perl
> # gpsfetchmap
> #
> # You are allowed to modify the source code in any way you want
> # except you cannot modify this copyright details
> # or remove the polite feature.
> #
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The "polite feature" apparently refers to an option that sleeps
> between web server accesses.
> While arguably a minor restriction, I wonder if debian-legal considers
> this sufficient to render the file non-free, and whether the terse
> license clearly enough grants all the permissions required for it to
> be free. Of course if you feel I'm just nitpicking, feel free to close
> the bug.

This restriction is clearly not dfsg free and for that reason i removed
the file from the upstream tarball.

gpsdrive (2.10~pre4-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
  * Repackage upstream tarball to remove the debian/ dir.
    Added get-orig-source target to debian/rules.
  * Removed gpsfetchmap.pl from upstream tarball due to license issues.
    A new version has been released under GPL which will be installed from
    debian/scripts/gpsfetchmap.pl now. Updated the manpage for that reason.
  * Removed map-icons with unclear licenses.
 -- Andreas Putzo <andreas at putzo.net>  Tue, 16 Oct 2007 20:00:05 +0000

The get-orig-source target in debian/rules removes gpsfetchmap.pl from 
the upstream tarball. Somehow the original tarball got uploaded and i
can only assume that this happend during the sponsoring process.

Question is now how to clean up this mess. As written in the changelog
gpsfetchmap.pl is now GPL-2 licensed and shouldn't be much of a problem.
But the source package contains some icons as well and since i wasn't
able to obtain the licenses for all of them (some are taken from
openclipart and wikipedia) i removed them as well. 
Should i do a sourceful upload with the modified upstream tarball that
was intended to go into the archive from the beginning?


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