www/subsonic-standalone license

Vlad K. vlad-fbsd at acheronmedia.com
Fri Oct 28 16:45:05 UTC 2016

On 2016-10-28 18:38, Franco Fichtner wrote:
> I was talking about www/subsonic, sorry for the confusion:
> https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=213298

This bug shows the discussion I had with the Subsonic maintainer (who 
is, technically, until that patch is committed, still a maintainer) and 
carries the whole context. In short, the author of Subsonic has to 
specify what is the license of his product and include appropriate 
license in both the distributable/downloadable tarball and relevant 
source repositories.

As it is at the moment, it all points to it still being GPL'd, despite 
his announcements on the forum post linked in the issue, because the 
downloadable tarballs, at the time, I checked, still carried a README 
saying it's GPL'd.

A forum post is inadequate license change and the author should know 
better. His tarballs must include appropriate license whichever it is.

IMHO, the FreeBSD ports tree cannot continue to carry that port, 6.0+ 
onward because afaik one cannot retroactively change the licene of 
previous releases, until the license is well known and port possibly 
RESTRICTED if the license requires it. For example see Oracle JRE ports 
that require you to manually download the distfiles and agree to 
Oracle's license apriori.


Vlad K.

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