[pulseaudio-discuss] [PATCH] doc: Update LICENSE to reflect optional libpulse dep on libdbus

David Henningsson david.henningsson at canonical.com
Mon Jun 24 23:57:36 PDT 2013

Hmm, are there optional dependencies to libdbus that cause it to become 
GPL, or why would anyone choose GPL for libdbus?

Also "demoted to GPL" sounds like we have an opinion about GPL (it sound 
like we think LGPL being of a higher rank than GPL).

On 06/25/2013 05:50 AM, Arun Raghavan wrote:
> ---
>   LICENSE | 7 +++++++
>   1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/LICENSE b/LICENSE
> index cd5e42f..80fc08c 100644
> --- a/LICENSE
> +++ b/LICENSE
> @@ -13,6 +13,13 @@ Since the PulseAudio daemon, tests, various utilities/helpers and the modules
>   link to libpulsecore and/or the afore mentioned optional GPL dependencies they
>   are of course also GPL licensed also in this scenario.
> +In addition to this, if D-Bus support is enabled, the PulseAudio client library
> +(libpulse) MAY be demoted to GPL, depending on the license adopted for libdbus.
> +libdbus is licensed under either of the Academic Free License 2.1 or GPL 2.0 or
> +above. Which of these applies is your choice, and the result affects the
> +licensing of libpulse and thus, potentially, all programs that link to
> +libpulse.
> +
>   Andre Adrian's echo cancellation implementation is licensed under a less
>   restrictive license - see src/modules/echo-cancel/adrian-license.txt for
>   details.

David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.

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