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Copyright Statements

The Debathena repository has used a variety of copyright statements over the years, largely variations of the MIT/X license. Given the ambiguity concerning the definition of "MIT License" or "X License", as of June 2012, we are standardizing on the "3-clause BSD license" ( http://www.opensource.org/licenses/BSD-3-Clause/). The GPLv2 ( http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html) is also acceptable with advance notice.

No other licenses should be used without discussion with the Athena release team.

For the background behind this, see #564.

TODO: Make this compatible with the proposal at  http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep5/

Licenses Currently Used

In addition to the 3-clause BSD license, these other licenses can be found in the repository:

  • The "original" or "no advertising" version of the MIT/X11 license
  • The "MIT License" as defined by the OSI.
  • LGPL 2.1 (libnss-nonlocal)
  • GPLv2 (config-packge-dev, pyhesiodfs)
  • GPL, unspecified (debathena-live, deprecated)

Updating a package's license

With the explicit written approval of all copyright holders, a package using one of the older MIT licenses can be updated to the 3-clause BSD license. If the only copyright holder of a package is "MIT" (that is, it was created and modified by MIT staff), permission is hereby given to update the license to 3-clause BSD.

Selecting a license

There are two types of copyright statements. The first ("Debathena Native Software Copyright Statement") is the most common, and is used for software we write for Debathena. The second is used only when we are packaging software that exists elsewhere ("Debathena-Packaged Non-Native Software Copyright Statement"). Select the statement accordingly and copy and paste it into the copyright file for the package.

Notes:

  • Volunteers (e.g. students) *not employed by MIT* may substitute their names for "Massachusetts Institute of Technology" in the text below.
  • Please replace <year> with the current year at the time of packaging.

*Do not alter the license text.* If you wish to license your contributions to Debathena under a license other than the one listed here, please contact release-team@…. Please provide an explanation that is more compelling than "Because I want to", particularly if you're looking to license your code under something other than BSD (below) or GPLv2.

Debathena Native Software Copyright Statement

This software and its Debian packaging are licensed as follows:

Copyright (c) <year>, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
    * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
    * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
      documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
    * Neither the name of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nor the
      names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products
      derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BE LIABLE FOR ANY
DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
(INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND
ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT
(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS
SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Debathena-Packaged Non-Native Software Copyright Statement

This software (but not its Debian packaging) is licensed as follows:

<INSERT SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT NOTICE HERE OR A URI POINTING TO SAID NOTICE>

The Debian packaging is licensed as follows:

Copyright (c) <year>, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
    * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
    * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
      documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
    * Neither the name of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nor the
      names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products
      derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE INSTITUTE OR CONTRIBUTORSq BE LIABLE FOR ANY
DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
(INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES;
LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND
ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT
(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS
SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.