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

Pamela Chestek pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Wed Dec 18 14:04:44 UTC 2019

Hi Adriaan,

As suggested by Lukas, this is not a new license but a statement about
various licenses that may be used. Because it is not a license per se,
it is out of scope or the license review process. We will therefore not
be reviewing it.

Best regards,

Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Review Committee
Open Source Initiative

On 12/4/2019 1:49 PM, Adriaan de Groot 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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