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Works which are clearly marked as being in the Public Domain, and for which no evidence is known to contradict this statement, are treated in Fedora as being in the Public Domain, on the grounds that the intentions of the original creator are reflected by such a use, even if due to regional issues, it may not have been possible for the original creator to fully abandon all of their their copyrights on the work and place it fully into the Public Domain. If you believe that a work in Fedora which is marked as being in the Public Domain is actually available under a copyright license, please inform us of this fact with details, and we will immediately investigate the claim.
Versioned licenses
Valid License Short Names
The License: field refers to the licenses of the contents of the *_binary_* rpm. When in doubt, ask.
The `+License:+` field must be filled with the appropriate license Short License identifier(s) from the "Good License" tables on the {fedora-licensing} page. If your license does not appear in the tables, it needs to be sent to legal@lists.fedoraproject.org (note that this list is moderated, only members may directly post). If the license is approved, it will be added to the appropriate table.
The `+License:+` field for any firmware that disallows modification should be set to: "Redistributable, no modification permitted".
The goal of the Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to create a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from Free and Open Source software.
# The entire source code is GPLv2+ except foolib/ which is BSD
License: GPLv2+ and BSD
Subpackage Licensing
Some licenses state that either the current version of the license or later versions may be used. It is important to note when a license states this. When a license has an "or later version" clause, we note that by appending a + to the Short License Identifier. Please note that there are already special Short License Identifiers for GPLv2+ and LGPLv2+, there is no need to append an additional + for those cases.
Some licenses include the version as part of the Short License Identifier. This is only done when multiple versions of the license differ in significant ways (e.g. one revision is GPLv2 incompatible, while a later version is not). Be careful to ensure that you use the correct Short License Identifier, as shown in the tables on the {fedora-licensing} page.
Since this is a multiple licensing scenario, the package must contain a comment explaining the multiple licensing breakdown. The actual implementation of this is left to the maintainer.
Since compatibility of code and library linking is especially complex with GPL and LGPL, Fedora packages can no longer simply use "GPL" or "LGPL" in the `+License:+` field. Please refer to the {fedora-licensing} page for the acceptable identifiers, and be careful to ensure that you select the correct one.
Public Domain
Package spot-utils contains some files under the Python License, but one of the files is generated from a BSD with advertising source file and a QPL source file.
"or later version" licenses
Noting the license above the appropriate %files section:
Multiple Licensing Scenarios
Mixed Source Licensing Scenario
Licensing Guidelines