[webkit-dev] WebKit licensing and LGPLv3

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Jul 25 03:53:11 PDT 2007

Hi Allan,

I've forwarded your comments and those of others internally at Apple.  
I won't do #2 for moment. I'd still appreciate any other input on this  


On Jul 24, 2007, at 11:05 PM, Allan Sandfeld Jensen wrote:

> On Wednesday 25 July 2007 01:51, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> 1) We will continue to accept only code that's licensed under a BSD-
>> style (no advertising clause) license, or LGPL 2.1, or other
>> compatible license. We don't want to accept code that's LGPL 3 only,
>> as that would make the whole project LGPL 3.
> I think continuing to require "LGPL 2 or later" would be the most  
> sane and
> most compatible.
>> 2) We'd like to change the copyright notices from their current mix  
>> of
>> "LGPL 2 or any later version" and "LGPL 2.1 or any later version" to
>> just LGPL 2.1, to make this clear. This one is maybe more debatable,
>> so I'd like to know if anyone objects. It would prevent incorporating
>> WebKit code into LGPL 3 projects, and would require sign-off from all
>> copyright holders to ever change to a different LGPL version in the
>> future (in case the FSF came out with a version 3.1 or 4 that solved
>> some of the problems with v3).
> I object. I would like to reserve the right to integrate WebKit with  
> LGPL 3
> projects like future KDE libs.
> Though since we are talking LGPL the linking-issues are not that  
> problematic,
> it would still make it easier if the project continued to include  
> the "or
> later" clause.
> Regards
> `Allan
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