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

Lukas Atkinson opensource at lukasatkinson.de
Thu Dec 5 10:52:02 UTC 2019

Since this license header merely exercises the terms of the license, and
does not modify the terms of the already OSI-approved license, I'm not sure
whether approval of the header would be meaningful. That would be close to
approval of the license proxy or to approval of an ordinary dual-licensing
construction, which I'd assume is out of scope for the license review

On Wed, 4 Dec 2019 at 19:50, Adriaan de Groot <groot at kde.org> wrote:

> 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
> example:
> > 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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