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Re: KDE questions



On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 05:04:17PM +0800, Ian McKellar wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 08:36:56AM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 09:54:31PM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> > > its not debian who has copyright/licencing problems to deal with, its
> > 
> > Of course not. I know where the problem is, I just hoped KDE had changed its
> > license a little bit.
> 
> They haven't - and they'll have trouble doing it. The KDE developers don't
> hold the copyright on all of their libraries and apps - for example portions
> of libwv (http://www.wvware.com/) are used in KOffice. Both these are GPLed,
> so anyone who distributes KOffice linked against Qt is not only violating
> KOffice's copyright, but also libwv's. If the KOffice authors decide to
> relicense KOffice to allow binary distribution they also have to Caolan
> McNamara (the author of libwv) to relicense his library. This is just one
> example out of many of the problems of relicensing KDE as a whole would
> pose. The only real solution for KDE is to get Troll Tech to release Qt 
> under a GPL compatible license.

or they can remove the GPLed code they do not have copyright to from
KDE.  which is what they are required to do since they are violating
the GPL. 

ignoring the issue is not a valid or responsible option. 

> Remember - its all fun and games till someone loses a lawsuit.

indeed

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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