Adding licensing info to my ports: some questions

Nikola Lečić nikola.lecic at
Tue Jan 17 00:59:37 UTC 2012


I'm about to add licensing info to all my 25 ports. I hoped that a
chapter dedicated to licensing issues would appear in the Porters
Handbook, but since this hasn't happened so far, I decided to try
without it.

Here are my questions; sorry if some of them are already answered in
the past.

1) Will licensing section ever appear in the Porters Handbook? :-)

2) Should I mark the ports that explicitly state "X11" with "MIT"?

3) Intentionally no difference between 2- and 3-clause BSD?

4) How should I state eg. "LGPL21 or any later version" or "GPL2
   only i.e. no later version"?

5) What if licensing info differs for entire source file and actually
   installed files? In textproc/kmfl-sil-ezra source file, the font is
   licensed OFL and the keyboard layout X11; the port installs only
   keyboard layout. Should I state just "MIT" in the Makefile?

6) I need three new items added to the licenses database because they
   should be considered as 'known' licenses and thus belonging to the
   'Case 1' in There are: Common Public License, SIL
   Open Font License and Public Domain [non-license]. I'd gladly
   submit a PR, but I'd appreciate if someone could check this first,
   especially _LICENSE_GROUPS_* including COPYFREE status.

   6a) CPL:
      _LICENSE_NAME_CPL=      Common Public License

      As for this license, the software in question (textproc/teckit)
      is licensed "GLPLv2.1+ or CPLv0.5+". However, the CPL version
      approved on, used in NetBSD... is 1.0. Should we make
      any difference between CPL versions because of this? Or just to
      use LICENSE_TEXT?

      (Btw, the Wikipedia article on CPL states that this license is
      OSI-approved, but I can't find it here:

   6b) OFL:
      _LICENSE_NAME_OFL=      SIL Open Font License

   6c) PD[?]:
      _LICENSE_NAME_PD=       Public Domain

Many thanks in advance,
Nikola Lečić = Никола Лечић
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