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Re: License CC-BY-SA-4.0 used in KiCad


Hi Wayne,

Am 27.01.19 um 19:14 schrieb Wayne Stambaugh:
> Carsten,
> The metadata (which I assumed to be defined as libraries, templates, and
> samples but maybe my thinking is incorrect here) license is
> CC-BY-SA-4.0.  What "required parts" are missing that would resolve the
> Debian copyright information?

well, Lintian is "just" a QS tool that tries to be smart. :)

In general Lintian is looking at the whole files, and this is the source
and also in the created packages.

As the libraries are not included in the src:kicad package it can't find
any references to CC-BY-SA-4.0 licensed files in the copyright file and
thus is prints out a warning. "Heh, I've found a mention of some general
CC-BY-SA-4.0 licensed files but I haven't found any it in the copyright
file!" Lintian doesn't know here of any other source packages that might
depend on KiCad.

I can override this warning with a small explaining and pointing what
this line in appdata.xml is intended for. I suggest you or someone else
simply write some lines that KiCad is relaying on other parts (like
libraries) which are licensed as CC-BY-SA-4.0 which I can point to.

I personally would drop that line in appdata.xml and just add this
information and relationship of KiCad to other parts in LICENSE.README.

The demos have no extra license statement so they are covered by the
licenses for KiCad. All other parts like libraries, documentation, l10n
are organized in dedicated trees with also own license information.

Carsten Schoenert

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