Possible license issues of dropbox in a PPA

Asked by Niels Thykier on 2011-01-17


Debian received a bug about possible license issues in dropbox
(#610257), I have forwarded this to Launchpad as LP: #703896. Though
according to a reply to the Debian bug[1] the maintainer of dropbox have
a copy in his PPA:

If YOU need it, then please send a patch. I do not care what is written
in the file "copyright".
I make a package in my PPA because debian requirements of the heap with
licenses and give many problems whis this (incidentally that's why I
went to Ubuntu).

These license issues may make dropbox (or parts of it) illegal
distributable (though IANAL, so I cannot confirm it). Given the
maintainer's attitude to the bug, I had a feeling he would not respond
well to a personal prod. I have therefore /not/ contacted him in
private before sending you this.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=610257#10

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We have disabled this PPA and removed the package. I have emailed the owner of the PPA, using the primary email address on his account, but it is bouncing.

Thanks for letting us know.

Jonathan Riddell (jr) said : #3

Seems to have successfully disappeared now

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