[maemo-developers] why is gtk20-l10n package in 'non-free' ?

From: Mohammed Hassan mohammed.2.hassan at nokia.com
Date: Wed Nov 25 16:15:37 EET 2009
Hi Christian,

I'm the one who created these packages a year or so ago. It's probably
my mistake that it went unnoticed.

CC'ing our l10n people so they can do something as there's nothing I can
do about it now.

Oksan, This seems like a GPL violation. I'm not sure as I have no time
to investigate it but please check what's needed to open up gtk20-l10n
as it's based on community work.


On Tue, 2009-11-24 at 19:17 +0100, ext Christian Persch wrote:
> Hi;
> I had a look at the
> http://repository.maemo.org/dists/fremantle/sdk/non-free/binary-armel/Packages.gz
> packages file, and was amazed to find the gtk+ translations in there.
> Its source package appears to be
> http://repository.maemo.org/pool/fremantle/free/g/gtk20-l10n/gtk20-l10n_4.5+0m5.tar.gz
> — in 'free' !
> The package's copyright file says:
> "
> This package (gtk20-l10n) was created by Nokia
> L10n Team, contact <l10n at maemo.org> for questions.
> Based on the Gtk+ translations.
> The original translations are under the LGPL.
> "
> Firstly, this doesn't clearly say which licence this package pretends to
> be available under. 
> More importantly, these translations are 'based on'
> the original gtk translations, which are LGPL2+, and they are
> translations of strings that are LGPL2+ since gtk+ is LGPL2+. As
> translations are derived works, these translations are themselves
> clearly [L]GPL too.
> So this package should be in 'free'.
> Finally, the source .tar.gz is missing a copy of the LGPL.
> Regards,
> 	Christian
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