[kde-community] Licensing question with header-only libraries

Thiago Macieira thiago at kde.org
Tue Jan 26 04:06:50 UTC 2016

On Sunday 24 January 2016 22:57:28 Nicol√°s Alvarez wrote:
> > El 24 ene 2016, a las 21:02, Thiago Macieira <thiago at kde.org> escribió:
> >> On Sunday 24 January 2016 16:12:39 Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> >> inline functions and templates (ten or fewer lines in length),
> > 
> > The restriction pretty much sets header-only libraries of any value out of
> > luck for this compliance.
> > 
> > C code usually has small functions and templates. Modern C++ code is
> > usually template-heavy, with hundreds or thousands of lines of code. Or
> > more.
> You missed a part of the paragraph. Before the part you quoted, it says
> "provided that, if the incorporated material is *not* limited to...".
> If it's limited to small functions, you need nothing extra. If it's *not*
> limited to small functions, you have to do the two mentioned things.

Oops! That's why I hate reading and interpreting legalese :-)

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