KDE Licensing Policy Updates

Jaroslaw Staniek staniek at kde.org
Tue Sep 20 19:53:20 UTC 2016


On 20 September 2016 at 21:42, Nicolás Alvarez <nicolas.alvarez at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 2016-09-20 16:30 GMT-03:00 Jaroslaw Staniek <staniek at kde.org>:
> >
> >
> > On 20 September 2016 at 21:19, Thomas Pfeiffer <thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> On 20.09.2016 19:52, Nicolás Alvarez wrote:
> >>>
> >>> 2016-09-20 14:04 GMT-03:00 Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org>:
> >>>>
> >>>> Added:
> >>>> ''Applications which are intended to be run on a server'' can be
> >>>> licenced under the GNU AGPL 3.0 or later
> >>>> Rationale: KDE Store code is under AGPL
> >>>> Question: should this be an option or a requirement for server
> software?
> >>>
> >>> I agree with this change, but I think it should remain an option.
> >>
> >>
> >> I would support making it mandatory, actually, or at least recommended,
> >> because for an end user a web service based on GPL software is no better
> >> than one based on proprietary software, because they cannot tell what
> >> software it is they're interacting with. Therefore, the AGPL closes an
> >> important hole in FOSS web services.
> >>
> >> I don't feel very strongly about this, but to me it would make sense to
> at
> >> least recommend AGPL for web software we produce.
> >>
> >
> > I see that too but also aren't we also limited here in one case: when our
> > LGPL software is usable for services? What can we do with e.g. KF5? Move
> it
> > to AGPL and add linking exception?
> >
> > Sorry if that's already solved some way.
>
> AGPL code can use GPL and
> ​​
> LGPL libraries.
>

​Sure but that's not the challenge.
Rather: can an AGPL library be dynamically linked to a proprietary binary?

In other words: When I am changing LGPL to AGPL to get the service
protections, is there any way I can still have the above right LGPL is
designed for?

Staying with dual license (AGPL, LGPL) is not a solution because people can
pick LGPL/GPL for services, e.g. grab all the KF5, grab KDE apps, fork them
and create any closed services they want. Well, some would already do that
and we would never know.


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regards, Jaroslaw Staniek

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