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  • RahulSundaram
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    Originally posted by Malizor View Post
    Ok, it may be a better summary to say that the contribution is BSD in Canonical point of view and $PROJECT_CURRENT_LICENCE (GPLv3 in most cases) for every one else. And the contributor remain owner of his patch, so he can also publish it in whatever licence he wants. So it's somewhere between GPL and BSD if you prefer. But it's definitely not non-free.
    It is a asymmetrical licensing system where one vendor gets the right to relicense under non-free terms but noone else has that right. Standard open source licenses like BSD or GPL don't have such unequal terms. So calling it somewhere in between is misleading. However it isn't straight out non-free licensing either.

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  • Malizor
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    Originally posted by Honton View Post
    No. Signing the Harmony agreement gives Canonical an exclusive right to relicense to whatever they see fit.
    Ok, it may be a better summary to say that the contribution is BSD in Canonical point of view and $PROJECT_CURRENT_LICENCE (GPLv3 in most cases) for every one else.
    And the contributor remain owner of his patch, so he can also publish it in whatever licence he wants.

    So it's somewhere between GPL and BSD if you prefer. But it's definitely not non-free.

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  • Malizor
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    Originally posted by Honton View Post
    Read your own link. When you sign this "harmony" thingy, Canonical obtains a broad license for you code. That's as non-free as it gets.
    So, you also think that BSD licences are non-free?
    After all, software that use it can also be relicensed.

    My understanding is that contributing to a project with the CLA is more or less the same as contributing a BSD licensed patch. With the added value[*] of knowing that it will most likely stay GPL for some time.


    [*] assuming that you prefer GPL over BSD
    Last edited by Malizor; 08-23-2013, 01:45 PM.

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