[patch] lincenses warning

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Sat Mar 7 05:50:19 UTC 2015

i'm very uncomfortable with the "warn on other-license" change. I think
theres lots of valid reasons that someone may be using an amended license
(eg BSD / MIT plus an explicit patent license grant) that strictly more
open/free than any standard OSS license on the planet.

Edward Kmett raise the valid point on IRC that by current international
treaties, authors no longer need to mark their works "All rights reserved"
to protect their copy right, but rather that if no other license is
specified, ANY work is by definition all rights reserved!

anyways, thats my 2cents for the evening


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Gershom B <gershomb at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for this patch!
> I've kicked off a discussion with hackage administrators and the haskell
> committee about the general approach we want to take to the license
> situation on hackage, and how to properly document our policies. It seems
> to me that merging this makes sense regardless, but I don't know what
> others may think?
> Cheers,
> Gershom
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Francesco Ariis <fa-ml at ariis.it> wrote:
>> Dear Cabal developers,
>>     spurred by this discussion on haskell-cafe [1], I attach a small patch
>> on licence warnings. It:
>>     - reverts AllRightsReserved as PackageDistInexcusable, as it was
>>       before this commit [2].
>>       Reading the comments in Check.hs, this datatype is for issues which
>>       "[are] OK in the author's environment but [are] almost certain to be
>>       a portability problems for other environments", which I think it is
>>       the case.
>>     - adds a PackageDistSuspicious warning on OtherLicense. The text of
>>       the warning encourages the developer to choose from licences
>>       suggested by the OSI or FSF, if they don't want to use a licence
>>       recognised by cabal.
>> Thanks
>> -Francesco
>> [1]
>> http://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2015-February/118411.html
>> [2]
>> https://github.com/haskell/cabal/commit/8d449ba3231445726272eac4dcf7b2b4a5508db9
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