JSON_parser license issues
|Reported by:||costela||Owned by:||jordan|
|Severity:||Normal||Keywords:||license non-free json parser|
Sorry to bother you with legalese, I guess this sort of problem may not sound important to everyone, but we noticed a license issue with JSON_parser.*: the license includes the following part: "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil."
This is in violation of the Debian Free-Software Guidelines(0), the FSF free license definition(1) and possibly the Open Source Initiative's definition. Even if it's most likely unenforceable in most jurisdictions.
I know this is third-party code and it's unrealistic to request it's replacement on short-notice (especially since it wouldn't even help our specific case), but I wanted to report it here in case people are already toying with the idea of replacing it for any other reasons, as one further reason to do it.
I'm also simultaneously asking for some help in trying to sort this license issue out (2). If the JSON folk don't feel like removing this term and I can't find any other solution to this conundrum, transmission might have to be moved to Debian's non-free repository. (please don't read this as a threat; I'm just stating what we'll have to do to stay true to our own policy, even if I personally find it most unfortunate)
(version set to 2.52+ because that's the - admittedly old - version to be released with Debian wheezy)
Change History (9)
comment:4 follow-up: ↓ 6 Changed 4 years ago by jordan
- Milestone changed from None Set to 2.80
- Status changed from new to assigned
comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by jordan
- Resolution set to fixed
- Status changed from assigned to closed