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Re: [tdf-discuss] Licenses for extensions



On 8 Mar 2012, at 10:16, Flavio Moringa wrote:

I guys,

I have a simple doubt about the licensing scheme to be used for building
extensions.

I known that to be published on the extensions web site they have to have
an Open Source Licence (GPL, BSD,etc...)

But if you just want to make an extension for any purpose, and you don't
need it to be published, can any license be used? Even a closed source one?

You are always free to release your own source code under any license you wish. If you re-use code 
from any source you will naturally need to comply with the terms of the license, but there's no 
inherent need to do this for most extensions.


Is there any connection between libreoffice's license and the extensions
license? Does it also apply to OpenOfffice.org?

There might be in certain circumstances where there are issues; you should consult an expert 
privately as mailing lists are not the place to get such advice. But in the general case, there are 
unlikely to be licensing issues affecting extensions caused by the licensing of LibreOffice or 
OpenOffice.org or, when they release their first version, Apache Open Office.

Hope that helps,

S.


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