[EMBOSS] Files included in EMBOSS but licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs
pmr at ebi.ac.uk
Fri Jul 29 07:28:48 UTC 2011
On 28/07/2011 15:38, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Dear EMBOSS developers,
> (CC Debian Med mailing list)
> while working on upgrading Debian's emboss package to version 6.4.0
> (congratulations, by the way), I found some files in EMBOSS that are
> not considered ‘Free software’ by Debian. They were actually present
> in past releases as well. Here is their list:
Huh? Example entries from UniProt? We can of course remove them from the
distribution but then the QA tests will not work if anyone tries them.
I suspect amir.swiss predates this UniProt licensing, but the others are
more recently updated.
Anyway, EMBOSS will work perfectly well without them. You can just
> and emboss/data/dbxref.txt
That one can go. It was a source for the DRCAT.dat data resource
catalogue and yes we do have permission from UniProt to use it.
> Their license is Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND
> 3.0), and it disallows modification of the files. The presence of these files
> in EMBOSS makes it impossible for Debian to redistribute it in our operating
> system. I have confirmed with the UniProt consortium's helpdesk that, even in
> isolation, these files are covered by the CC BY-ND license. I see three
> possible solutions.
> a) Remove the files in Debian's EMBOSS package.
> b) Distribute EMBOSS with the files, but in the non-free section of the Debian archive.
> c) Replace the files by Free equivalents, for instance by re-creating records from scratch.
> I am not very comfortable with any of the solutions, and was wondering if you
> would have suggestions ?
I will also have words with the UniProt folk at EBI and if it really is
not possible to include a few example entries with EMBOSS then I'll
check with the other Open Bio projects. This is really silly.
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