[webkit-gtk] What's the license type for WebkitGTK

Theodore Xu relaxtheo at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 04:43:56 PDT 2016

Thank you very much for the explaintation.

On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:54 PM, Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro at igalia.com>

> On Wed, 2016-06-29 at 15:39 +0800, Theodore Xu wrote:
> > In "Webkit" folder, there is a BSD 2 clause "LICENSE" file, so the
> > "Webkit" part of WebkitGTK is BSD license. However, in "Webkit2"
> > folder,
> > there is no "LICENSE" file under it, so what's the license type of
> > the
> > "Webkit2" part of WebkitGTK?
> Hi,
> The effective license is LGPLv2+ (which is more restrictive than the
> BSD license). Most individual files are licensed using the BSD license,
> but this is only useful for you if you want to copy code from one
> particular file to some other project.
> The Mac ports are set up so that the WebKit2 directory is supposed to
> be BSD-only, but we have many GTK-specific LGPLv2+ code in there. (I
> see a couple cross-platform LGPL files in there as well, which looks
> like a mistake.) The Mac port dynamically links WebKit2 to WebCore, so
> it's possible to have different (compatible) licenses for these
> projects on that port. (In WebKitGTK+ we static link WebKit2 to
> WebCore.)
> Michael
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