[Openicc] GoSoC 2011: opensource and ICC licenses

Kai-Uwe Behrmann ku.b at gmx.de
Fri May 6 04:48:15 PDT 2011

Am 06.05.11, 11:44 +0200 schrieb Cyrille Berger Skott:
> On Thursday 05 May 2011, James Cloos wrote:
>> One of the goals of the GPL is to allow those who receive software to
>> fix it and distribute those fixes.  That goal is not compatible with
>> "you can't change it w/o also renaming it".
> How so ?
>> [...]
>> So, to be GPL compatible, you have to allow changes w/o requiring
>> renaming, but you can require that any changes be declared.
> No. Look at the end of paragraph of [1]:
> "The GPL requires the maker of a version to place his or her name on it, to
> distinguish it from other versions and to protect the reputations of other
> maintainers."


> And in the license itself in [2]:
> 5a) "The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it, and
> giving a relevant date."

The fact that the ICC tag is called "copyright" tag is non relevant. What 
counts is the content of this tag. And that content is the name of the 
author as a person, company or organisation. This name falls under the 
documentation obligation of "prominent" "stating that you modified". In 
this way the ICC license gives a more prominent place for the above cited 
paragraphs than other license. No more, no less.

> 7e) "Declining to grant rights under trademark law for use of some trade
> names, trademarks, or service marks"
> Changing name does not prevent the distribution of a modified version of a GPL
> program. However, it is considered a problem by some distributions, like
> debian, and this is why they had to rename firefox to iceweasel.

kind regards
Kai-Uwe Behrmann
developing for colour management 
www.behrmann.name + www.oyranos.org

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