On Jan 14, 13 13:48:34 +0100, Stephan Kulow wrote:
> > Is there any standard procedure for this? like:
> > 1. Do I have to receive a written permission or oral permission?
> It for sure needs to be something that can be verified. But we have tons
> of cases in our packages, where an email from the author to clarify the
> license was enough for passing legal review. This won't happen with
> Oracle, we won't believe emails "From: Larry" to be legit.
> > 2. If it's a written permission, what terms/keywords should it
> > contain? eg: "I, (XXX), the owner of XXX, agree marguerite to
> > distribute my software XXX with openSUSE" or just "I received your
> > email, just go ahead please."
> I'm not a lawyer.
A good approach (imho) is to head for a well known and public license,
*especially* if upstream folks do not come up with a license themselves.
"Hello Upstream. We at openSUSE would like to include your package XXX under
License YYY in our next distribution. Is that okay with you?"
Which license to suggest, is mostly guesswork.
I'd try MIT, CC-BY-3.0, GPL-2.0+, CC-SA-3.0 not necessarily in that order.
If many dependencies are under the same license, then suggest this one.
I'm not a layer either, but that is what I successfully did a several
times in the past. CC-ing the legal team.
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