[pLog-svn] [gnu.org #343991] Re: templates/plugins have to be GPL without an "exemption"? (fwd)
plogworld at jon.limedaley.com
Mon Nov 5 08:55:20 EST 2007
Sorry - wrong person. The FSF did get back to me, but not the
On Mon, 5 Nov 2007, Jon Daley wrote:
> Hrm. The FSF never got back to me... I'll email again.
> On Wed, 26 Sep 2007, Oscar Renalias wrote:
>> Thanks Jon, great work.
>> Do you think that we need to get some legal advice from the Software
>> Freedom Law Center or does our attempt at providing this exemption
>> clause sound good enough?
>> "We don't consider plugins or templates (e.g. that code that lives in
>> the plugins or templates directory of a LifeType installation) that is
>> created by a 3rd party to be a derivative work of the LifeType
>> software. We highly encourage you to release your plugins and
>> templates under the GPL, but you are free to use other licenses as
>> The only thing I would change is that I'd use the passive voice to
>> remove all those "we" and replace them with "plugins and templates are
>> not considered", "developers are encouraged", and so on. What do the
>> native English speakers think? :)
>> On 9/25/07, Jon Daley <plogworld at jon.limedaley.com> wrote:
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 11:25:51 -0400
>>> From: Brett Smith via RT <licensing at fsf.org>
>>> Subject: Re: [gnu.org #343991] Re: [pLog-svn] templates/plugins have to be GPL
>>> without an "exemption"? (fwd)
>>> On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 08:32:33AM -0400, Jon Daley via RT wrote:
>>>> So, the question is, can we use GPL2, but include a clause like
>>>> the one quoted below, or do we need a different license altogether to
>>>> allow people to write plugins and templates that are not GPLed?
>>>> If we can use a clause (we would prefer to stay GPLed), do you
>>>> know of a clause that is already written, rather than trying to write our
>>>> own, and likely missing something?
>>> You're free to grant exceptions to the GPL to allow combinations with
>>> proprietary software, yes. Unfortunately, I'm afraid we don't have any
>>> text that's readily suitable for your situation. The Software Freedom Law
>>> Center sometimes provides help in cases like this; you can learn more about
>>> them at <http://www.softwarefreedom.org/>.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Brett Smith
>>> Licensing Compliance Engineer, Free Software Foundation
>>> Please note that I am not an attorney. This is not legal advice.
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