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Re: CACert Root Distribution for Fedora


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  • From: Ian G <iang AT cacert.org>
  • To: cacert-policy AT lists.cacert.org
  • Subject: Re: CACert Root Distribution for Fedora
  • Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 04:25:51 +1100
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On 30/10/11 03:06 AM, Bruce Alspaugh wrote:
I ran across this link where Fedora seems to think that the liability
disclaimer in the CACert Root Distribution License amounts to a use
restriction:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing/CACert_Root_Distribution_License

Would it be possible for CACert to amend the license in such a way as to
make it acceptable to Fedora so it could be included?  Has anyone talked
to the lawyers at RedHat as far as what changes they require?

Yeah, the RedHat people are thinking that the root key is open source, and therefore should have an open source licence.

What they don't understand is that a root key comes with special circumstances that don't match the source world.

There was an attempt to talk to them about a year ago ... but the problem is unless you actually get people who understand licensing and CAs together, it won't work.

What you should ask them is why they distro other CA's roots when their terms include similar disclaimers and far worse other situations.

iang



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