[arch-dev-public] Mongodb and SSPL
foxboron at archlinux.org
Thu Jan 17 14:24:26 UTC 2019
Someone sent me an off-list reply. I have forwarded it as it provides some
----- Forwarded message from Alexander Shpilkin <ashpilkin at gmail.com> -----
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:09:54 +0300
From: Alexander Shpilkin <ashpilkin at gmail.com>
To: Morten Linderud <foxboron at archlinux.org>
Subject: Re: [arch-dev-public] Mongodb and SSPL
[I originally wrote this as a message to the list without realizing I
can’t post there; feel free to send it wherever.]
TL;DR: There’s enough FUD in the SSPL to make it unclear whether Mongo
can, in fact, be distributed or not.
Quoting Morten Linderud <foxboron at archlinux.org> (2019-01-16 15:02:55)
> As probably some of you have realized, there is a discussion regarding
> mongodb and the relicense from AGPLv3 to SSPLv1. [...]
> Obviously, we don't care about the license being free nor OSI
> compliant. We only care if we are allowed to redistribute or not.
> There is nothing in the SSPLv1 license text that prohibits us from
> distributing mongodb.
I feel I should point out here that there’s uncertainty on part of both
[debian-legal participants] and [Debian FTP masters] as to
whether the distribution of binaries falls under the service
restrictions. If it does, this would mean all software on the mirrors
would need to be SSPL-compatible (in particular, non-GPL), which
_would_ prohibit us.
The SSPL authors [were asked] for their stance on this question, but
do not appear to have answered. I think this is troubling in itself.
> There are however special requirements in the license we have to abide
> if we want to distribute modified source code.
> Currently the PKGBUILD does a few sed's in the source to build it. [...]
Note that the service restrictions (which are different from
distribution restrictions) are applicable to both modified and
unmodified versions; in fact, the original authors [declare] this to
be among the design goals of the SSPL.
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