[Matroska-devel] Change license of mkvwriter?

Steve Lhomme slhomme at matroska.org
Mon Jan 23 09:21:43 CET 2017


Jory also emailed me and Matt that he's OK with going with MIT.

2017-01-22 22:40 GMT+01:00 Jerome Martinez <jerome at mediaarea.net>:
> Le 16/01/2017 à 10:48, Matt Gruenke a écrit :
>
> I also wanted to ask whether we could change the license of mkvwriter (or my
> fork thereof) from GPL to one of the following:
>
> Boost Software License (http://www.boost.org/users/license.html)
> MIT
> Apache
> LGPL
>
>
> If I can suggest, please consider MIT license for the following reasons:
> - Trying to avoid proliferation of open source licenses, and this is the
> most used license nowadays [1] [2]
> - it permits to avoid compatibility problems, even for open source projects,
> e.g. I had some (weird) constraints with the impossibility to use even
> Apache licensed software in an open source tool because the "sublicense"
> clause does not exist in it and I needed it for complying to sponsor
> constraints.
> - it permits to avoid a lot of headaches with lawyers about what you can do
> and what you can not do; I wrote an essay about LGPL issues but
> unfortunately only in French [3]
> - it permits to avoid a debate about which LGPL version and option you want
> to use (2.1, 2.1+, 3, 3+?)
>
> The only counter-argument is that if you want to forbid closed-source
> versions, but I see from the other answers that this looks like not a wanted
> constraint.
>
> [1] https://github.com/blog/1964-license-usage-on-github-com
> [2] https://www.blackducksoftware.com/top-open-source-licenses
> [3]
> https://linuxfr.org/users/zenitram/journaux/mon-evolution-vis-a-vis-du-copyleft
>
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