[Fwd: OpenLDAP Licence v.2.6]

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at tiscalinet.it
Thu Aug 2 07:54:53 GMT 2001

This is what FSF think of OpenLDAP v2.6
It is near to be ok!


Free Software Foundation wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 08:27:12PM +0200, Simo Sorce wrote:
> > >
> > > On the fsf web site, in the icense list OpenLDAP Licence v 2.3 is marked as NOT
> > > compatible with GPL.
> > >
> > > The last release of OpenLDAP License is 2.6 and it is a bit different from 2.3
> > > Do anyone know if this new version is still incompatible with GPL or not?
> >
> > Don't know without checking.
> > licensing at gnu.org is the right place to ask so that the page can be updated.
> > (cc pointing to it).
> It's better, but section 4 still needs some work:
>      4. The names and trademarks of the authors and copyright holders
>      must not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale,
>      use or other dealing in this Software without specific, written
>      prior permission.
> Compare to the modified BSD license (which is compatible):
>      3. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote
>      products derived from this software without specific prior written
>      permission.
> I'm assuming here that OpenLDAP is not a trademark.  If it is, then I don't need
> the following scenario - the problem should be obvious.
> Imagine that Linus Torvalds contributed code to OpenLDAP. Now you want
> to say "Our program uses OpenLDAP code and runs on GNU/Linux."  Since Linux is
> a trademark of Linus Torvalds, you can't do that.
> Now, if it said "endorse or promote", that would be better, because then you
> could reasonanbly talk about the software, so long as you didn't say, "OpenLDAP
> thinks FooProduct is great!" (which would be false advertising and would be
> disallowed anyway).
> As soon as I get a login on the webserver, I will update the license list to
> cover this.
> If you know the OpenLDAP authors, and can convince them to change this, that
> would be fabulous.
> --
> -David "Novalis" Turner,
> Licensing Question Volunteer,
> Free Software Foundation
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