[pulseaudio-discuss] Rust binding licensing

jnqnfe at gmail.com jnqnfe at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 16:35:05 UTC 2019

> The documentation is copyrighted, and since there are no special
> exceptions mentioned anywhere, it's covered by LGPL like everything
> else. I now read what the license says, and I got the impression that
> if you copy the documentation, you have created a derivative work,
> and the whole work must be licensed under LGPL, and you can't change
> the licensing terms by adding alternative licenses.
> Granting an exception for your project probably isn't feasible. The
> copyrights to PulseAudio code isn't held by any centralized entity.
> Someone would have to inspect the history of everything you've copied
> to find out who are the people who hold copyrights to the
> documentation. Only those who hold the copyrights can grant
> exceptions.
> One possibility might be that you split off the documentation to a
> separate work (probably best to create a separate git repository) so
> that only the documentation needs to be under LGPL and the bindings
> themselves you can license however you wish.

Ok, thanks for looking into it :)

I've sent a message to the FSF (LGPL authors) to ask for a
clarification from them.

I'll have a think about whether it is at all feasible to either split
the documentation out like that, or to build a list of copyright owners
that would need to grant permission myself (I couldn't expect you to
put the effort in on my behalf).


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