[Qgis-developer] Plugins licence

Nathan Woodrow madmanwoo at gmail.com
Wed May 3 05:25:33 PDT 2017


Yes, that is fine.  You can use Apache libraries in a GPL applications (I
think QGIS already does) just not the other way around e.g you can't make
an Apache application that includes GPL code.

- Nathan

On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:17 PM, Enrico Ferreguti <enricofer at gmail.com>

> Hi all QGIS developers,
> I'm submitting a new plugin: https://github.com/enricofer/gdrive_provider
> that makes use of external libraries published under Apache v2 licence
> As far as I understand
> <https://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html>
> The Free Software Foundation <http://www.fsf.org/> considers
>> <http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/#apache2> the Apache License,
>> Version 2.0 <http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0> to be a free
>> software <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html> license, compatible
>> <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses>
>> with version 3 of the GPL
>> <http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.html>. The Software Freedom
>> Law Center <http://www.softwarefreedom.org/> provides practical advice
>> <http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/2007/gpl-non-gpl-collaboration.html>
>> for developers about including permissively licensed source.
>> Apache 2 software can therefore be included in GPLv3 projects, because
>> the GPLv3 license accepts our software into GPLv3 works.
> So I should release the plugin with GPLv3 that I understand is compatible
> with with plugin licencing policy ("GPLv2 or greater")
> <http://blog.qgis.org/2016/05/29/licensing-requirements-for-qgis-plugins/>
> The plugin is provided with a checkbox that makes aware the user about the
> Google Drive Terms of Service.
> Do You think that GPLv3 licensing and Google Drive Terms of Service
> disclaimer suffits?
> Regards.
> Enrico Ferreguti
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