--- Comment #1 from Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler(a)chello.at> 2009-01-25 19:51:07 ---
The QUALCOMM license is essentially the SSLeay license:
(I recognized the wording of clause 4 of the
QUALCOMM license, including the incorrect reference to a nonexistent "GNU
Public License" - there's a "GNU General Public License", but no
License"), with the "Windows specific code" clause (clause 4 of the SSLeay
license) removed and with a patent license added (clause 5 of the QUALCOMM
I'm not sure about the freeness of the patent license (does the wording "A free
and irrevocable license is hereby granted for the use of such patents to the
extent required to utilize the Turing family of encryption algorithms for any
purpose" include derivative algorithms or is this one of the typical non-Free
"only licensed if you comply to my standard" clauses?), but my non-lawyer
reading of the license is that this is independent of the copyright license, so
the software is Free where software patents do not apply (and thus suitable for
the free section here at RPM Fusion), given that the terms other than that
patent license are definitely Free (or OpenSSL wouldn't be Free).
Is this the only patent-encumbered code or is there other stuff (e.g. MPEG
compression/decompression) too? If it's the only patent-encumbered code, it may
be worth trying to ask spot about that patent license, to see if it's
acceptable for Fedora. (If you already did that, ignore this paragraph.)
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