[Biococoa-dev] license again

Charles Parnot charles.parnot at gmail.com
Mon May 18 20:13:44 EDT 2009

I have contributed some code, and for my part, LGPL or BSD licenses  
would work fine. I would tend to prefer BSD as it just removes  
headaches down the road.


On May 18, 2009, at 4:34 PM, Scott Christley wrote:

> Hello all,
> Well as I mentioned before, I've been working to get BioCocoa  
> provided with Debian/Ubuntu automatically.  I've been working with  
> the debian-med group.  Anyways, they pointed out a license issue,  
> but I misunderstood the complete extent.  I thought it was just an  
> issue that a couple of files had some funky licensing requirements  
> which we got cleaned up, but in fact Debian considers the Creative  
> Commons V2.5 license to be non-free.  Now this doesn't completely  
> prevent us from working with Debian, because we can be put into the  
> non-free repository, but I didn't think this was the intent of  
> BioCocoa as it really prevents it from being broadly distributed.
> There is a newer Creative Commons V3.0 license which Debian does  
> consider to be free; however, there is apparently a conflict between  
> CC v3.0 and the GPL which doesn't allow them to be mixed.  What a  
> pain huh?!  One of the Debian maintainers pointed me to this where  
> Creative Commons themselves suggest not to use their license for  
> software.
> http://wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ#Can_I_use_a_Creative_Commons_license_for_software.3F
> So the question I have, is there a specific reason for CC v2.5?  The  
> switch occurred with V2.0 before my time, so I don't know if there  
> was a specific reason.  Do we have any proprietary software that is  
> using BioCocoa?
> I'm a GNU fan myself, so I consider the LGPL to be good, but there  
> is also the BSD licenses which are very lenient.
> Let me know your thoughts.
> thanks
> Scott
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