[Mapbender-dev] Proposed License Simplification

Christian Wygoda christian.wygoda at wheregroup.com
Thu Jul 10 01:07:23 PDT 2014

Hello steering committee,

as you know Mapbender (2.x and 3) is dual licensed under GNU GPL and 
simplified BSD license. In my opinion this is unneccecarily complicated, 
as everybode should be allowed to use and enhance the software, even 
with the freedom to not have to open-source their enhancements. While I 
encourage everyone to participate fully open in the development process 
I don't want to us to enforce it.

So i would like to simplify the Mapbender3 licensing and suggest to 
publish Mapbender3 exclusively under the MIT license [1].

We checked the licensing of the different modules and software we use 
for Mapbender3 and found only MIT compatible licenses. You will find 
list of the components and their licenses at the end of the email. I 
also added some links to the different licenses.

So i start a motion to change the license of Mapbender3 to MIT license 
alone and ask the steering committee to vote until 25.07.2014.

I therefore opt with +1 for the aforementioned proposal.

     Christan Wygoda - project chair

Mapbender Components
symfony/symfony (MIT license)
doctrine/orm (MIT license)
doctrine/doctrine-bundle (MIT license)
twig/extensions (MIT license)
symfony/assetic-bundle (MIT license)
symfony/swiftmailer-bundle (MIT license)
symfony/monolog-bundle (MIT license)
sensio/distribution-bundle (MIT license)
sensio/framework-extra-bundle (MIT license)
sensio/generator-bundle (MIT license)
jms/security-extra-bundle (Apache License 2)
jms/di-extra-bundle (Apache License 2)
friendsofsymfony/jsrouting-bundle (MIT license)
kriswallsmith/buzz (MIT license)
doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle (MIT license)
toooni/fpdf (Apache License 2)
arsgeografica/signing (LGPL)
OpenLayers (2-clause BSD License)
jQuery (MIT license)
jQuery UI (MIT license)
jQuery.blockUI (dual: MIT License/GPL)
MapQuery (MIT license)
Proj4JS (MIT license)
Backbone.js (MIT license)
Underscore.js (MIT license)
Codemirror (MIT license)
Font Awesome
* Fonts: (SIL Open Font License)
* Code: (MIT license)
Doctrine (LGPL)

[1] MIT license: http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT
[2] simified BSD/2-clause BSD: http://opensource.org/licenses/BSD-2-Clause
[3] LGPL: http://opensource.org/licenses/lgpl-license
[4] Apache license 2.0: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html
[5] SIL Open Font License: 

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