Hello Debain Legal team,

I'm in doubt about the licenses of the packages virtualbox-ext-pack and virtualbox-guest-additions-iso in the Debian repositories. Please see my email below to the Debian Virtualbox team.

kind regards


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Subject: License question virtualbox-ext-pack vs. virtualbox-guest-additions-iso
Date:   Thu, 10 Nov 2022 13:54:01 +0100
From:   Christian Kuka <christ...@kuka.cc>
To:     team+debian-virtual...@tracker.debian.org

Hi all,

In our team we just came across the question which license apply to the virtualbox debian packages and we were a little bit confused by the copyright files of the virtualbox packages.

- For virtualbox-ext-pack, the copyright file is mentioning BSD-3-clause as the license:


- For virtualbox-guest-additions-iso, the copyright file is mentioning Virtualbox-PUEL as the license:


However, according to the description of virtualbox-ext-pack at https://packages.debian.org/sid/virtualbox-ext-pack as well as at https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Licensing_FAQ only the "VirtualBox Extension Pack" is licensed under the "VirtualBox Extension Pack Personal Use and Evaluation License" and VirtualBox base package (full source code and platform binaries) are licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. Thus, "virtualbox-ext-pack" should mention PUEL in the copyright file and "virtualbox-guest-additions-iso" should mention a different license? Further, if that is the case, should "virtualbox-ext-pack" be moved to non-free instead of contrib?

Is there a misunderstanding on our side or is there already a clarification on the Debian pages?

kind regards


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