[geos-devel] Boost License compatibility
mateusz at loskot.net
Wed Apr 8 18:43:41 EDT 2009
Greg Troxel wrote:
> Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net> writes:
>> The question is like this:
>> Can I copy lines 10-30 from GEOS source file a.cpp to project X which
>> is licensed under the terms of Boost License?
> If those lines are deemed to be non-trivial - and the rule of them is
> that 10 or more lines are definitely non-trivial - then no, because you
> have a derived work and can't distribute the LGPL code under the Boost
> License. If you read one line and write something to do a similar
> algorithm but differently, almost certainly it's not a derived work and
> the licnense of the inspirational work doesn't matter. The middle
> ground is hard and standard advice is not to skate near the edge of thin
Yes, this is best recommendation.
>>> It's pretty clear the boost people would reject including LPGL code
>>> in boost, if that's what you are asking.
>> And this is something that is not clear or better, not obvious to me.
> From reading their analysis of licenses, it seems clear to me that Boost
> wants to allow proprietary use of boost. This is the same licensing
> goal as the BSDs, and it's different from the FSF goal.
Right, good point.
Thanks to all for help in understanding the issue!
Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
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