Edit report at https://pear.php.net/bugs/bug.php?id=20315&edit=1

  ID: 20315
  Comment by: [email protected]
  Reported By: [email protected]
  Summary: Would you consider changing the license to another
                     BSD style license?
  Status: Open
  Type: Feature/Change Request
  Package: Net_Whois
  Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux
  Package Version: 1.0.5
  PHP Version: Irrelevant
  Roadmap Versions:
  New Comment:

Hi Seamus,

Please, if you relicense the package and tag a new version I'll be glad
to upload it ASAP to the Debian repository.

Thanks in advance.

Previous Comments:

[2014-10-25 01:58:13] midget

Thanks for your quick answer.

Any of these is acceptable



[2014-10-24 23:29:23] svenasse

I would be fine to moving this package to a BSD license. Would the
"Simplified BSD License" be


[2014-10-24 23:25:02] midget

Hi Team,

Debian FTP Masters seems to have a final decision about packages related
to 'PHP License' [0] in Debian repositories.

   "PHP License (any version) is suitable only for software that comes
directly from 'PHP Group', that basically means only PHP (src:php5)

Debian gives several options [1]... here are:

     1. Ask upstream to re-license the software to different free
        - BSD or MIT/Expat is the closest one.

     2. Show that the software in question does come from "PHP Group",
        f.e. software based on src:php5 sources. Most notable example is
        src:php-json which is copy of ext/json/ adapted to libjson-c-dev
        instead of the included JSON-IS-EVIL library.

     3. We remove the source packages from Debian.

So, hereby I'm asking again for a re-licensing under BSD|MIT|whatever
compatible with GPL if it's possible before the software is permanently
removed from Debian.

Thanks in advance.

[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=752632#50


[2014-06-26 15:20:54] midget

Hi Team,

This software is part of the Debian archive and will be removed from
official repositories due to licensing issues (please, see below).

Would you consider changing the license to another BSD style license?

For reference see:

  * https://bugs.debian.org/752646
  * https://bugs.debian.org/752642
  * https://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

Extracted from: https://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

License PHP:
You have a PHP add-on package (any php script/"app"/thing, not PHP
itself) and it's licensed only under the standard PHP license. That
license, up to the 3.x which is actually out, is not really usable for
anything else than PHP itself. I've mailed our -legal list about that
and got only one response, which basically supported my view on this.
Basically this license talks only about PHP, the PHP Group, and includes
Zend Engine, so its not applicable to anything else. And even worse,
older versions include the nice ad-clause.
One good solution here is to suggest a license change to your upstream,
as they clearly wanted a free one. LGPL or BSD seems to be what they

Thanks in advance.


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