JSON non free license
JSON package is licenced under a MIT license but with an additional infamous clause:
The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil.
The author Douglas Crockford is well aware of the harm he's doing but numerous request from different projects and parties could not change his mind.
How can I check
Lintian will help, see #692616.
Check the file for double licensing.
How to solve
- Reimplement the code - done by the android team (see below)
- Ask for relicensing upstream - tried, not possible
I started a petition to ask Crockford to change his license, please sign it: https://www.change.org/petitions/douglas-crockford-remove-the-not-evil-clause-from-your-license-because-it-is-evil-itself
alternative json implementations for java
There are many json implementations in Java, but which one is the best to replace json.org?
Other upstream software which had or has this bug
HBase Issue solved.
Google Web Toolkit? Issue
Debian bugs on json.org usage: list
Maven artifacts depending on json.org mvnrepository
I found this bug
Please report this bug by adding to the bug header the following usertag and severity:
severity: serious user: firstname.lastname@example.org usertags: json-evil-license
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