[kde-community] licence policy updates

Albert Astals Cid aacid at kde.org
Fri Feb 14 19:34:51 UTC 2014

El Divendres, 14 de febrer de 2014, a les 10:31:24, Jonathan Riddell va 
> I've made some proposed changes to the KDE Licensing Policy
> http://techbase.kde.org/Policies/Licensing_Policy/Draft
> Most significant is the inclusion of GPL 3+ as an option in response
> to a request by GCompris and a desire voiced by a few people not to
> treat it as an exception.
> Our current policy is designed to allow maxium code reuse around KDE
> and beyond, allowing GPL 3+ would mean some code could not be reused
> in GPL 2+ code without a relicence, but as pointed out this problem
> already happens when moving GPL 2 code to platform.  The policy has
> nothing to do with whether GPL 2 or 3 is more or less commercially
> acceptable.  Given a blank sheet I'd pick GPL 3 every time as it
> prevents DRM lock-in and patent abuse.
> Changes...
> #* '''GPL''' version 3 or later, where a KDE repository uses this it must be
> clearly marked by adding the full licence in a file called COPYING.GPL3 in
> the top directory of the repository ...and add GPL 3 headers

Do you guys think that it would make sense to explicitely suggest that 
applications use the "GPL version 2 or version 3 or later versions approved by 
the membership of KDE e.V. " variant unless they really have special needs in 
aim to improve inter-app code shareability?


> kdebase-runtime -> kde-runtime
> add kde frameworks to "platform" needing LGPL
> #* Code copied from Qt may be licenced under '''GPL''' version 2 or version
> 3 or later versions approved by Trolltech ASA and the KDE Free Qt
> Foundation ->
> #* Code copied from Qt may be licenced under '''GPL''' version 2 or later
> versions
> Icons in kdelibs, kdepimlibs or kdebase runtime
> ->
> Icons in oxygen-icons
> add rationale at top
> add
> #:Note code may not be copied from Qt into KDE Platform as Qt is LGPL 2.1
> only which would prevent it being used under LGPL 3
> # Windows installer files using the WiX Toolset may be licenced under the
> Common Public Licence 1.0
> Jonathan
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