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Re: The Great Licensing Discussion
- Subject: Re: The Great Licensing Discussion
- From: Michael Richardson <..hidden..>
- Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:52:24 -0500
>>>>> "Chris" == Chris Travers <..hidden..> writes:
>>>>>>> "Chris" == Chris Travers <..hidden..> writes:
>> Chris> So, suppose we do this. What would it mean for
>> Chris> If you are a current developer, would you be more or
>> less Chris> likely to contribute in the future if the code was
>> Chris> BSD-licensed?
>> Chris> If you are not a current developer, would you be more
>> or less Chris> likely to join development in the future if the
>> code was Chris> BSD-licensed?
>> I am mostly agnostic, given that much of the code is GPLv2. What
>> matters more than the license, is the mechanism by which I
>> contribute. LedgerSMB had severe problems accepting code as a
>> result of licensing decisions (version n+1 not GPL).
Chris> You mean SQL-Ledger. LedgerSMB has never addressed licensing
Yes I do. Sorry.
You see, you've completely stamped that old meme out of my head!!!
>> Why are you doing this work? Who is it is for? Do they care?
Chris> The idea is to showcase a reference implementation of query
Chris> mapping functions in other languages to attract a larger
Chris> community. Such work is entirely unbillable. It's something
Chris> I am committing to the community.
okay, I just wondered why the concern at this time.
>> I have no objection to having the code. BSD 2-clause is
>> entirely compatible with GPLv2, and can be relicensed as GPLv2.
Chris> The relicensing debate is something which is surprisingly
Chris> complex. My view (after discussing this with Richard Fontana
Chris> from the software freedom law center a couple years ago) is
Chris> that the BSD license does not allow attaching restrictions to
Chris> unmodified BSD-licensed code. This is clearly not a problem
Chris> with the GPL v2, and nobody believes the 2-clause BSD license
Chris> is incompatible with the GPL v3 either, although there
Chris> certainly is no consensus as to why they are compatible or
Chris> what either license requires from the other to be compatible.
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