On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:44:38 -0500 John W. Linville wrote:
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 06:31:03PM +0300, Peter Lemenkov wrote:
> Hello John!
> I'm sure, that GPL does NOT cover the text of the README, since it
> simply a dump of web-page, and I didn't think they licensed their
> site contents under GPL :)
> > Perhaps README.openfwwf needs to be removed or revised?
> Although, I almost absolutely think that nobody will sue Redhat for
> inclusion of this text, I think, that properly re-licensing a
> README is a generally good idea. At least we should ask upstream for
> clarification - could you ask someone, who skilled enough in solving
> these boring legal issues? I could contact them by myself, but I'n
> not sure, what should I ask them. To send us e-mail with license
> clarification or to add README (listed below) to their tarball.
> Just for the reference - here is a full text of README
> With best regards, Peter Lemenkov.
Peter, thanks for the quick reply!
Perhaps fedora-legal can provide useful advice?
I asked upstream:
To make sure Fedora is not doing anything wrong, I'd like to ask
you kindly to either:
a) confirm that you are fine with the contents of the webpage being
distributed under the terms of the GPLv2 (i.e. the same license as
(Optionally, you could put the README file into the tarball in
the next release of OpenFWWF - other Linux distributions would
surely welcome it too.); or
b) let me know that you do not wish the text from your webpage to be
copied and redistributed. In this case Fedora will remove
README.openfwwf from the package as soon as possible.
I received a reply from OpenFWWF developer Francesco Gringoli:
no problem for the content. And thanks to your message I discovered
only now that the copyright message that you report in your web page
(c) 2008 My Website. Design by NodeThirtyThree + Free CSS
Templates. Edited by Lorenzo Nava
has nothing to do with our project ! it was the original copyright
message from the cms we used.
Please feel free to copy the web page, but please do remove the
copyright message from the ascii text you will distribute.
Many thanks to you,
So we have the permission. We just need to remove the mistaken