[Libreoffice] LibreOffice licensing
michael.meeks at novell.com
Sat Jun 4 09:11:41 PDT 2011
On Sat, 2011-06-04 at 08:48 -0400, Allen Pulsifer wrote:
> 1. TDF takes OOo under the Apache License and combines it with LO
> contributions under the LGPL/MPL and licenses the combined work
> (LibreOffice) under both the LGPL and MPL?
So if we say MPLv2 and LGPLv3+ - that is fine; and the resulting code
would be under those (compatible) licenses. Which are copy-left.
> 2. A third party takes OOo under the Apache License and combines it with LO
> contributions under the MPL and proprietary closed-source code of its own to
> create a proprietary closed-source product?
If they have changed the MPL code modules - they need to release those
changes; otherwise (since the MPL is a weak-copy-left) they can not
release other changes (like extensions) they bundle - obviously.
> That would not however stop third parties from combining the
> Apache OpenOffice code with LibreOffice code and doing with that whatever
> both licenses allowed.
Sure - one example is IBM, they have a load of MPL code, and even LGPL
code in Lotus Symphony. Amusingly, IBM are far more pragmatic in
practise than ASF is - one of the tragic ironies of the situation.
michael.meeks at novell.com <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot
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