[Phpmyadmin-devel] legal concerns about external libraries

Isaac Bennetch bennetch at gmail.com
Mon Aug 1 16:52:23 CEST 2011

Good day, team

The Fedora legal team has discovered a potential licensing problem in 
the PHPExcel library bundled with phpMyAdmin. If true, and I am not a 
lawyer but it seems they are correct, that puts phpMyAdmin itself in 
violation and Fedora would then remove our package until we resolve the 
licensing problem.

The report is at https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=629214 and 
the Tom there is from the Fedora Legal team, Robert is the (friendly) 
Fedora phpMyAdmin maintainer who I've also copied on this message (who 
first came to us on IRC to discuss this problem).

It looks like the problem had been reported to the PHPExcel in February 
of 2010 but not resolved 

Robert's also mentioned that they're investigating a similar claim 
regarding tcpdf; I believe that discussion is at 


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