Fedora Legal Resources

This documentation covers various Fedora policies, guidelines and other information pertaining to licensing and legal issues.

Much of the Fedora guidelines on licensing and how to populate the License: field in spec files was updated in July 2022. Please review this documentation! As the community gets familiar with the new documentation, we expect that further refinements will be made.

Licensing in Fedora

In order to meet the goal of creating a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free and open source software, all software and other content packaged in Fedora Linux must be under licenses determined to be allowed in Fedora, with only limited, conditional exceptions.

See the links here for understanding what kinds of licenses are allowed in Fedora, lists of allowed and not-allowed licenses, populating the License: field in a package spec file, and the process for reviewing new licenses.

Fedora has a legal mailing list (legal@lists.fedoraproject.org). Only list subscribers can post directly to the list. You can subscribe to the list and view the archives at https://lists.fedoraproject.org/admin/lists/legal.lists.fedoraproject.org/.

There is a Bugzilla tracker bug named FE-Legal. If a package review ticket is blocked by the FE-Legal tracker bug, this means that the person who set the block believes that the package raises an issue under Fedora’s licensing guidelines or other aspects of the Fedora Project’s legal policies.

Package reviews blocked by the FE-Legal tracker bug cannot be approved until the block is officially lifted.

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