Technical Team/Minutes/2014-08-05

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August 5, 2014


  • Gary O'Neall
  • Bill Schineller
  • Scott Sterling
  • Kate Stewart
  • Mark Gisi


Review or RDF documentation

  • licenseInfoInFile - do we keep it? How is it different from declared license and concluded license for a file?
    • Is there a need for declared license?
    • We need a better distinction between licenseInfoInFile, declaredLicense, and concludedLicense (especially between the first two)
    • Declared license is a statement by the copyright holder. licenseInfoInFile is the actual text found.
    • Example:
      • licenseInfoInFile = MIT
      • licenseInfoInFile = BSD 4 clause
      • licenseInfoInFile = GPL 2+
      • licenseInfoInFile = LicenseRef-22
      • licenseDeclared = (MIT and BSD 4 clause and GPL2+ and LicenseRef-22)
      • licenseConcluded = GPL2+
    • agree to keep licenseInfoInFile and it is NOT a subproperty of licenseConcluded
    • What is the precise definition for declared license? General the language from the spec for package.
    • agree to keep licenseConcluded - the definition will be a generalization of the package licenseConcluded in 1.2
    • should licenseConcluded be optional? NOASSERTION is really the optional component
    • Definitions:
      • licenseInfoInFile = a single license ID per actual licensey text found IN this (text) file.

(This is ideal field for a scanner to populate. Four possible kinds of values 'none', 'noassertion', SPDXID, LicenseRef-ID)

      • licenseDeclared = (NEW for 2.0 - can be applied to any copyrightable SPDXItem, including all the way down to File) =

('licenseDeclared' was a license EXPRESSION at Package level only) NOW: 'licenseDeclared' licenses declared by the authors of the ITEM (where ITEM could be a Package, File, even Snippet) ("Three" possible kinds of values 'none', 'noassertion', or license EXPRESSION)

      • licenseConcluded: a license EXPRESSION that is concluded (by a reviewer)

("Three" possible kinds of values 'none', 'noassertion', or license EXPRESSION)