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Bug 684126 - Add VIGRA to the BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE license group
Summary: Add VIGRA to the BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE license group
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Profiles (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Licenses team
Depends on:
Reported: 2019-04-22 14:27 UTC by Ulrich Müller
Modified: 2019-04-22 21:59 UTC (History)
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Description Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2019-04-22 14:27:50 UTC
The license allows redistribution in source or binary form. The interesting sections of the license are these:

"Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis
of media cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so
on. (You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright Holder,
but only to the computing community at large as a market that must
bear the fee.)

2. The Standard Version of the Library may be distributed as part
   of a collection of software, provided no more than a reasonable
   copying fee is charged for the software collection.

@Licenses team: Does this fulfill the condition for the BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE license group that it "MUST NOT restrict the cost of redistribution"?
Comment 1 Robin Johnson archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2019-04-22 21:52:22 UTC
That clause is ALREADY in Artistic license, which is @OSI-APPROVED. VIGRA actually looks MORE free than Artistic(-1). Some of the long clauses in Artistic were replaced with 'without restriction'.
Comment 2 Robin Johnson archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2019-04-22 21:54:39 UTC
@ulm: I think we can add VIGRA to @MISC-FREE rather than just @BINARY-REDIST. Some of the other recent additions we did might be further candidates for @MISC-FREE as well.
Comment 3 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2019-04-22 21:59:23 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit f93a79441839876543975390ee71b08fe8606f57
Author:     Robin H. Johnson <>
AuthorDate: 2019-04-22 15:33:57 +0000
Commit:     Robin H. Johnson <>
CommitDate: 2019-04-22 21:55:13 +0000

    license_groups: add VIGRA to @BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE
    As discussed in #gentoo-releng on 2019/04/22 and in bug 684126.
    The VIGRA license, which is based on Artistic(-1):
    - permits distribution
    - does not require explicit approval
    - does not restrict cost of redistribution**
    ** The Artistic(-1) license already permits a reasonable copying fee, and is
    still @OSI-APPROVED, but not @FSF-APPROVED. Artistic-2 clarifies the
    language of the copying fee as "Distributor Fee", but still permits it,
    and is @GPL-COMPATIBLE.
    Signed-off-by: Robin H. Johnson <>

 profiles/license_groups | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)