We are a legal firm and preparing for a client an open source compliance document. According to your website the components is subjected to GPL 3, however when we asked the client to provide us the notice we received the following:
"Wireshark is distributed under the GNU GPLv2. There are no restrictions on its use. There are restrictions on its distribution in source or binary form. Most parts of Wireshark are covered by a "GPL version 2 or later" license. Some files are covered by different licenses that are compatible with the GPLv2. As a notable exception the pidl utility at tools/pidl is covered by a "GPL version 3 or later" license. Note that only the tool itself is covered by this license, not the source code generated by it. The pidl authors do not consider generated code a derived work of pidl. Parts of Wireshark can be built and distributed as libraries. These parts are still covered by the GPL, and NOT by the Lesser General Public License or any other license. If you integrate all or part of Wireshark into your own application, then that application must be released under a license compatible with the GPL. The full text of the GNU GPL and the other applicable licenses follows."
Please advise under which license Wireshark is governed and what is the relevant copyright notice.
In addition, the notice we received from our clients includes a list of 5 other open source software notices, we assume that they are incorporated with the Wire shark software. We will appreciate it if you could provide us with that complete list and their respective notices.
Thank you in advance,
asked 13 Nov '13, 06:18
Not really an Ask Wireshark question, please contact the project leader Gerald Combs as listed on the "About Wireshark" page.
answered 13 Nov '13, 06:40
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answered 13 Nov '13, 11:47