[Box Backup] Box Backup licensing

Martin Ebourne lists at ebourne.me.uk
Fri Jan 15 00:33:50 GMT 2010

On Wed, 2010-01-13 at 15:03 -0500, Stewart Adam wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently tried to get Box Backup into Fedora and I found out after a 
> review from the Fedora legal team that the Box Backup license is 
> considered nonfree (comment #6):
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=513320
> I was wondering if Chris & the other Box Backup developers would 
> consider making the minor change mentioned in the bug comment so that it 
> can be entered into the Fedora repositories and more importantly, to 
> remove the GPL incompatibility.

Unfortunately the archives are down at the moment. This has been
discussed before although a resolution was never carried through. The
good news is that this is likely resolvable, Ben has previously stated
the possibility of dropping the advertising clause (see attached email
which is all I have on the subject). Of course he wrote most of the code
so is the biggest stakeholder here.

As to Chris and I we've both previously expressed desire to move to a
standard BSD licence (or even better GPL). There are a few other
contributors, can't remember their position though I doubt any would
object to removing the advertising clause.


PS. Does everyone else get duplicate messages on this list since it was
-------------- next part --------------
An embedded message was scrubbed...
From: Ben Summers <ben at fluffy.co.uk>
Subject: [Box Backup-dev] Licensing issues
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 12:55:08 +0000
Size: 5445
URL: <http://lists.boxbackup.org/pipermail/boxbackup/attachments/20100115/d581f0ff/attachment.mht>

More information about the Boxbackup mailing list