[QGIS-Developer] QGIS projects - can they be licensed and/or copyrighted ?

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Wed Oct 30 05:05:12 PDT 2019

Thanks Even for this clear explanation. 

We've been at this discussion before. Suddenly some journal publishers
started to refuse submissions when parts of the content (e.g. images,
maps, etc.) was created/generated from QGIS. I don't know who came up
with this strange idea that the license from the software propagates to
the content produced with the software. 


On 2019-10-30 12:59, Even Rouault wrote:

> On mercredi 30 octobre 2019 12:31:45 CET Bo Victor Thomsen wrote: 
>> Hi list -
>> During a university lecture about QGIS and licensing (GPL) I got a
>> question about QGIS projects.
>> Can a project be copyrighted or licensed differently from QGIS ? We are
>> not talking about plugins - they are always under the same license af
>> QGIS, namely GPL.
>> But what about the QGIS projects ? Same license or copyrigt af QGIS
>> itself. Or what ??
> The GPL license mostly sets constraints about redistribution, not use. So 
> whatever your produce with QGIS, data, projects, styles, etc you can decide 
> freely what you do with it: public domain, open data, or whatever license you 
> see fit (*)
> This is covered by the official GPL FAQ:
> https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html#GPLOutput
> https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html#WhatCaseIsOutputGPL
> Even
> (*) if your projects deals with other people data, then the constraints of 
> that data might have consequence on your project, but that doesn't come from 
> QGIS itself.
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