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Re: Release - licenses and legal issues


Just a quick update on the license front.  I received permission to use
the gEDA symbol library exception license for use in our libraries.  I
have sent an initial draft to the FSF for comment just to make sure it's
sane.  As soon as I hear back from them, I will forward the license text
to be added to our library licensing statement on the KiCad website.  I
was hoping to hear back from them before the stable release but it will
have to wait until next week.  I believe this covers the last of our
licensing issues.



On 11/19/2015 11:48 AM, "Torsten Hüter" wrote:
> Hi Wayne,
> very good news. Maybe it makes sense to add the GPL font exception to
> the KiCad license too, although the font license
> is now CC0 the newstroke-font will be part of the KiCad-binary (and thus
> GPL3+). You can find a template here:
> https://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/license.html
> In general, I could imagine that the same license is used for all KiCad
> components (GPL3+), that means
> software, fonts, libraries - and exception clauses are defined for
> anything that's embedded into the
> user's design. I'm guessing the critical part is then to formulate these
> clauses correctly, ideally an expert (lawyer?)
> should do proofreading.
> --
> BTW For ADA Gnat is also the GPL with an exception clause used (so
> commercial applications with their libraries are possible):
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAT_Modified_General_Public_License
> Thanks,
> Torsten
> Just a quick update on the licensing front. I just committed a change
> that included updating the KiCad source from GPL2+ to GPL3+ per the FSF.
> I also updated the newstroke font license from CC-BY to CC0 per the
> original author. I am waiting to hear back from the geda devs about
> using their GPL exception clause for our libraries.
> Would one of our website devs please update the KiCad licensing from
> GPL2+ to GPL3+. As soon as I get an answer from the geda devs, I will
> submit an GPL exception clause for our libraries.
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