[jdev] Jabberd 1.4.x license concerns/questions

Jamin W.Collins jcollins at asgardsrealm.net
Fri Apr 1 10:54:25 CST 2005

On Apr 1, 2005, at 1:33 AM, Matthias Wimmer wrote:

> Jamin W.Collins schrieb am 2005-03-31 19:14:34:
>> Looking at Jabber.Org's server listing[2], it indicates that the
>> Jabberd source is licensed under the GPL.  However review of the 1.4.3
>> (last stable release) files shows that the primary license is the JOSL
>> with an option to relicense under the GPL only if the existing JOSL
>> notice is removed and replaced with a GPL notice.
> Where do you read this? I know that the licencing of jabberd14 is
> confusing so I might be confused as well. But as far as I can see in
> licence-header.txt, you only have to remove the JOSL licence if you 
> want
> to distribute only under the GPL. If you do not remove it, you will
> distribute it under both licences.

For Debian (or myself) distributing under both JOSL and GPL is more or 
less the problem.  The JOSL requires that I (the person creating the 
released package) make sure that the source for each version be 
available for 6-12 months depending on how rapidly releases were made.  
Since I made the release I'm responsible for the making sure the source 
for that individual release is available even though Debian is 
providing the distribution.  The Debian release structure for the 
unstable and testing distributions can not assure this.  Yet I'm still 
responsible for it under the JOSL license.   So, my only option would 
be to make my releases under the GPL only, which would require 
modifying each and every file.

Jamin W. Collins

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