License for the dictionaries

Arran Cudbard-Bell a.cudbardb at
Tue Nov 22 23:52:51 CET 2011

On 22 Nov 2011, at 09:58, Alan DeKok wrote:

> John Dennis wrote:
>> I sent this question to our non-lawyer license guru, Tom Callaway who
>> watches over licensing issues for Fedora. This is Tom's response.
>  Thanks.
>  My $0.02:  The files are copyrightable, as they contain more than just
> a collection of facts.  Many of the dictionary ATTRIBUTE and VALUE names
> are *not* mandated by any specification, and are instead chosen by us.
> Similarly, the comments in the files are not mandated by spec, as are
> the additional flags on attributes.
>  The reason this came up is I had off-list conversations with people
> who copied the files, and then said "there was no copyright", and "we
> didn't know they came from freeradius".
>  It took me all of 3 minutes to find implementation-specific text in
> the files which *I* wrote.  So... adding copyright and license stops
> idiots like that.
>  I'm OK with the CC-BY-SA license.  It seems to fit the approach of the
> rest of the server.
>  Alan DeKok.
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I'm by no means a licensing expert, but isn't some of the content in the Vendor dictionaries derived from copyrighted works such as manuals and whitepapers? Could there be issues there?


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