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

Tim Sutton tim at kartoza.com
Wed Oct 30 06:48:48 PDT 2019


> On 30 Oct 2019, at 13:33, Even Rouault <even.rouault at spatialys.com> wrote:
>>> A very small nibble: What about python code embedded in the project ?
>> That is a good question where I don't know the answer. It might be
>> subject to the GPL license - but not sure. I would be interested to hear
>> other people's opinion on this particular case.
> Huh, that becomes involved... In all logic, conveying code through a .py file 
> or a .qgz doesn't change the fact that it is code, so I'd expect licensing 
> rules to also apply to it. So if that Python code uses QGIS API, it is 
> probably to be under the GPL (but that only affects those code snippets, not 
> the rest of the project).

Another good example of where QGIS.org being able to add a one-liner addendum to our license permitting projects (including the Python code they contain) to be distributed under any license you like would be extremely useful.

To carry on the previous analogy, this is equivalent to having a LibreOffice document with macros in it that you want to sell as part of your secret plan to become a millionaire….I don’t think anyone will come and wave a GPL license at you if you do this….



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