[Kde-bindings] license question

Simon Edwards simon at simonzone.com
Tue Dec 20 06:59:55 UTC 2005

On Monday 19 December 2005 21:41, Marcus wrote:
> Why do language bindings have to be GPL, but KDE's libraries are LGPL?

In fact bindings *can* be LGPL for the same reasons and with the same 
implications at the 'normal' KDE libraries.

LGPL means that the bindings can be used with GPL code. (LGPL is explicitly 
compatible with the GPL). And LGPL bindings can also be used with the 
commercially licenced Qt.

There is always dual licensing too.


> On Monday 19 December 2005 1:58 pm, Richard Dale wrote:
> > On Monday 19 December 2005 18:58, Thomas Moenicke wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > are there any risks known if such a kde/qt language binding would be
> > > distributed under the LGPL license? All bindings I have seen are under
> > > GPL. Does it has a reason or is it just chance?
> >
> > No, language bindings have to be GPL'd. But you can dual license it so 
> > holders of commercial licenses can do commercial things with it if you 
> > (eg an MIT license).

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