[webkit-dev] Licenses for WebKit contributions

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Thu Jan 8 00:31:09 PST 2009

On Jan 7, 2009, at 2:13 PM, Sam Weinig wrote:

> I just noticed several patches have put up for review that contain  
> new files using the Apache license.  Current WebKit policy is that  
> code should be licensed under either a BSD license or GNU Lesser  
> General Public License v.2.1 (mentioned explicitly when submitting  
> patches on bugs.webkit.org).  In order to change this policy, we  
> would need to have a larger discussion as this is not a decision  
> that can be made by any one person.  If you have submitted a patch  
> recently that is under another license, please consider re- 
> submitting it with either of the two allowed licenses as we cannot  
> land them as they are.  I am sorry we did not notice this sooner.

In addition, according to the FSF the Apache License 2.0 is not  
compatible with the GPL 2.0, and therefore likely also not compatible  
with the LGPL 2.1. It is possible the FSF is wrong in this opinion,  
but I would say it is a pretty good reason for the WebKit project to  
avoid Apache-licensed code.


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