[Kde-finance-apps] Fwd: small license problem in kdelibs

Thomas Baumgart thb at net-bembel.de
Mon Sep 26 11:20:17 UTC 2011

Hi folks,

as a matter of fact, some libalkimia files are also subject to this 
inconsistency. Thanks to Marco for sharing the informaiton.

I expect that adding 'Lesser' to "GNU General Public License" where applicable 
is OK for all files in the alkimia repository.

I will take care of cleaning things up in the next couple of days unless one 
of the copyright holders objects.

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Subject: small license problem in kdelibs
Date: Monday 26 September 2011
From: Marco Martin <notmart at gmail.com>
To: "kdelibs" <kde-core-devel at kde.org>

Hi all,

last days, after we asked some more pair of eyes to check the licensing in 
plasma active, a thing was discovered: many LGPL licensed files had an header 
like that (you know, power of copy and paste ;)

*   Copyright 2010 Marco Martin <notmart at gmail.com>
*   This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
*   it under the terms of the GNU Library General Public License as
*   published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or
*   (at your option) any later version.
*   This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
*   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
*   GNU General Public License for more details
*   You should have received a copy of the GNU Library General Public
*   License along with this program; if not, write to the
*   Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
*   51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301, USA.

as you note, talks about library general public license, then
...PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details

while it should be

...PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU Library General Public License for more 

i guess it's an issue that krazy doesn't detect.

from a quick scan around kdelibs seems there are plenty of files in kdelibs 
with this same problem as well.
we are starting to correct it in libplasma, but ideally all should get 
corrected, since even if minor licensing issue, is still a license issue ;)

so, if you are/feel responsible for a particular kdelibs piece, please take a 
look if the wording is consistent,
so if is LGPL 2.0 (or 2.0 or later) it always talks about Library and if is 
2.1 always talks about Lesser

Marco Martin

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Thomas Baumgart

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