Re: New 'Changes-licensed-under' tag introduced for Linux-wireless

From: Alexey Dobriyan
Date: Thu Sep 27 2007 - 14:54:54 EST

On Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 02:00:09PM -0400, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> Our guidelines for patches [1] for Linux-wireless has been updated.
> One section asks Linux-wireless developers to subscribe to the patch
> guideline wiki page (section 2) and another which introduces the new
> 'Changes-licensed-under' (section 10).
> Here I'll cover the new 'Changes-licensed-under' tag but please refer
> to the link and subscribe to the page for the complete details and for
> further changes.
> --
> Based on the new guidelines posted by the SFLC on ''Maintaining
> Permissive-Licensed Files in a GPL-Licensed Project: Guidelines for
> Developers'' [2], specifically section 5, we are introducing a new tag
> for use with patches which deal with files licensed under permissive
> licenses (BSD, ISC) on Linux wireless in our larger GPL project, the
> Linux kernel. The tag is Changes-licensed-under and can be used by
> developers to clarify the intended license for their patch on
> permissive licensed files. It is clear that not all changes qualify a
> patch author for Copyright but a lot of patches do qualify an author
> for copyright. If you want crystal clear details of what constitutes
> as a copyrightable change, at least within the US and the EU, you can
> refer to SFLC's ''Originality Requirements under U.S. and E.U.
> Copyright Law'' [3].
> Although some developers have a practice of implying their patches for
> a permissive licensed file abides by the respective permissive license
> of the file being patched, and although some changes are obviously not
> copyrightable, we would like to ''err on the side of caution'', take
> the advice from SFLC, and introduce Changes-licensed-under in order to
> help the BSD family reap benefits of our contributions to permissive
> licensed files.
> The Changes-licensed-under tag should be put before the Signed-off-by
> tag. Since this tag is used to cover changes under permissive licenses
> example of possible licenses are 3-Clause-BSD, and ISC. If you are
> making changes to multiple permissive licensed files then please
> specify which license covers what files.
> --
> For examples of using this tag please refer to the guidelines.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]

Please, keep this tagged SFLC-waving somewhere out of mainline.
Thank you.
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