KnowledgeHives Open Source License

Sebastian Kruk sebastian.kruk at
Mon Sep 1 23:48:54 UTC 2008


I would like to submit for review the KnowledgeHives Open Source  
This license is an extension to Qt License (extended entries have been  
marked by [*]).

The rationale behind this modifications is following.
In the near future my company will deliver a search and discovery  
service. We want to allow access to the code based on an open source  
license, and still have pretty tight protection of our IP and our  
business model.

The changes introduced to Qt license are suppose to ensure that no one  
will modify those fragments of code which ensures that all instances  
of our system will contribute gathered information back to the main  
instance. Additionally we want to be notified about derived versions  
of our software as well.

The reason why we decided to deliver our code on open source was to  
ensure the users how we handle information about them, and that no  
hidden actions are performed.

We would appreciate if you could tell us if our license with these  
modifications to the Qt license can still pass as an open source  

Thank you in advance,

Best regards,

Sebastian Kruk

KH Open Source License
Copyright (C) 2008

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute this license document.

The intent of this license is to establish freedom to share and change  
the software regulated by this license under the open source model.

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the Q Public License version 1.0. Such software is herein referred to  
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Software, and development of free software which uses the Software.

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	[*]	d. You must ensure that content replication routine libraries are  
distributed and enabled by default together with your machine- 
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	5. You may use the original or modified versions of the Software to  
compile, link and run application programs legally developed by you or  
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The Software and this license document are provided AS IS with NO  

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This license has been based on the Qt Public License (QPL) 

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