[License-review] For Legacy Approval: LGPL-2+-KDE

Adriaan de Groot groot at kde.org
Wed Dec 4 18:49:21 UTC 2019

The KDE community is a Free Software and Open Source community that has been
around for almost 25 years [1]. We have had a licence policy [2] for quite
some time that says "LGPL version 2.1 or LGPL version 3 or a later LGPL
version as approved by KDE e.V.". Well, the text isn't **exactly** that,
and it gets written down in source files in various ways. Here is an
> This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
> modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
> License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
> version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) version 3, or any
> later version accepted by the membership of KDE e.V. (or its
> successor approved by the membership of KDE e.V.), which shall
> act as a proxy defined in Section 6 of version 3 of the license.

The boilerplate text provided by our policy is on our wiki [3].

For the purpose of obtaining an SPDX identifier, we are requesting a license
review of this particular construction: LGPL 2-or-3-or-later with a
specific third-party named to bless those later versions. That is why I'm
not going to put in the complete text of the LGPL 2.1 and LGPL 3.
[ade] (KDE e.V. board of directors)

[1] https://kde.org/
[2] https://community.kde.org/Policies/Licensing_Policy
[3] https://community.kde.org/Policies/Licensing_Policy#LGPL_Header
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