Licensing policy change proposal
Adriaan de Groot
groot at kde.org
Mon Jan 28 13:24:29 GMT 2019
On Monday, 28 January 2019 13:23:36 CET Krešimir Čohar wrote:
> Why not? As far as Unsplash goes, their only restriction is not to start a
> competing service, which is not even remotely what we are trying to do.
> Surely that is a reasonable and acceptable restriction. It's not unlike the
> copyleft restrictions ("freedoms") of the GPL.
Here's the thing: we ship Free Software. More-or-less-equivalently, we ship
things licensed under an Open Source license. And *that* in turn basically
means "is it OSI listed".
That's a short-and-bureaucratic kind of answer, which I don't particularly
A related thing: if we ship something, and *downstream* doesn't like it, then
either they patch it out, or they don't ship our stuff. It's important to ask
downstreams specifically what they think, when we're re-shipping something from
upstream under an unexpected license. Debian is one of the most particular of
our downstreams, so we'd definitely want to check with them.
A related thing: FOSDEM is this weekend, when we have the KDE licensing
people, Debian, and a room full of lawyers all in one place (-ish). That's
probably a good moment to inquire.
PS. The license seems a bit inconsistent to me: first it grants a very broad
license and then carves out a specific exception (field of endeavour). It would
be more tidy if it started with "EXCEPT AS LISTED BELOW (field of endeavour),
Unsplash grants you ..". It may be feasible to get a specific (i.e. CC-0)
license applied by Unsplash to these specific (how many, six?) photos, since
it's unlikely that you can start a competing service with just six photos.
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