[rabbitmq-discuss] Freely licensed specs
dr at jones.dk
Wed Apr 24 18:27:08 BST 2013
Quoting Simon MacMullen (2013-04-24 17:40:08)
> On 24/04/13 16:16, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > I am a Debian developer, and as you may know Debian is pretty strict
> > on licensing issues.
> We're very aware of that! And we have tried to be careful around
> licensing issues.
Sorry, I didn't mean to say that any of _your_ tools or libraries are
non-free licensed - only the spec files you publish.
> > Some AMQP-related tools and libraries require the AMQP specs
> > available at build- or runtime. For plain AMQP there are
> > BSD-licensed "stripped" specs available, but it seems your derived
> > specs are available only licensed with the Debian-incompatible AMQP
> > license :-(
> That's not entirely true; the extended spec which the RabbitMQ server
> and official (and many unofficial) clients actually use:
> is BSD-licensed.
Ah, so it exists, just well hidden.
> However, I notice that the extended spec available from
> http://www.rabbitmq.com/protocol.html is only available in an
> AMQP-licensed version. Was that what you were talking about?
> Anyway, we should correct that...
Yes, please do provide your specs (also the earlier 0-8 one) as XML.
As I wrote in my P.S. I believe to have those specs prepared for you
already - just needs proof-reading and formal hand-over (from your side
only: I need no credit, but your license doesn't allow my editing so you
need to permit me that explicitly, I believe).
> > This issue is pretty serious, it seems: Some existing AMQP-related
> > Debian packages are at risk of being removed from Debian if this is
> > not solved.
> ...but to know how high a priority to give producing such a spec I
> would need to know if any packages in Debian are currently using the
> AMQP-licensed extended XML spec. Can you tell me which packages these
> are? I can't get anything useful out of bugs.debian.org :-(
Now that I inspected more closely it turns out that only a single
package - qpid-python - is in violation - and then not your derived
specs but original ones.
I now filed [bug#706101] - after you posted above, so no wonder you
couldn't find it - if you tried :-).
Even if not so serious after all, still relevant for my needs: The Perl
module [AnyEvent::RabbitMQ] ships with your published XML. I will get
in touch with the author and suggest using your JSON instead...
Thanks for your swift reply,
* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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