request to move the Canonical IP policy web page

Jonathan Riddell jr at
Wed Jul 22 12:00:55 UTC 2015

I'd like to request that the Community Council moves the Canonical IP
policy off the Ubuntu website.

It was revealed last week that is policy breached the GPL and still
leaves open numerous gaps in the ability of people to freely share,
copy and modify Ubuntu.  It is hurting the reputation of Ubuntu as a
welcoming and functional free software project that respects the
licence of the upstreams we depend on.  For example:

For example Bradley Khun says
"Their policy, as currently drafted, is rather obviously designed to
convince people it's easier to buy a license from Canonical, Ltd. than
to figure out how to engage in normal Free Software redistribution
behaviours for a distribution."

While former tech board member Matthew Gattet blogs
"explanation of why you shouldn't ship container images based on Ubuntu"

I've tried explaining numerous times over the last week that
Canonical's IP policy is no more relevant to Ubuntu than KDE's policy
or Microsoft's because of course we follow the Ubuntu licence policy
in everything we allow into the archive and the image we create.

But while Canonical's policy is on our website people get
understandably confused and advise people not to use Ubuntu or take
part in contributing to it.

So will the CC get this removed from our website promptly?


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