TrueCrypt licensing concern

Donnie Berkholz dberkholz at
Sun Oct 12 12:35:48 PDT 2008

On 16:16 Tue 07 Oct     , James Westby wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-10-07 at 11:05 -0400, Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
> > Recently, we had a request to add TrueCrypt to Fedora, and as part of
> > that, we did due diligence on the license. What our legal counsel
> > discovered was truly horrifying: not only was the license non-free, it
> > almost certainly opens the user and the distributor to serious risk of
> > legal action from the copyright holder, even if all conditions of the
> > license are met.
> > 
> > Accordingly, we've blocked TrueCrypt from inclusion in Fedora and marked
> > it as one of our "ForbiddenItems".
> Thanks for the warning.
> Are there any references that you can point to. I can understand
> not wanting to post a full assessment of the license, but a list
> of the problematic clauses would be good.

Thanks, Tom. I just filed 
for this.


Donnie Berkholz
Developer, Gentoo Linux
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