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Custom license for DRBD Manage (part of an PPA)
I maintain a PPA for LINBIT where we upload the DRBD9 kernel
module (dkms), drbd-utils (user space utilities for DRBD), and DRBD
Manage (a management component for DRBD9).
So far DRBD Manage was released under the terms of the GPLv3, but the
next release will have a custom license, similar to the one from BeeGFS
. The code is still open and we want people to be able to study the
source and contribute patches. What LINBIT does not want are copycats
that don't contribute, but (pretend to) provide support, undermining
parts of LINBIT's business model.
Before I upload a new release of DRBD Manage, I would therefore kindly
ask if the new license is acceptable for a package distributed in a PPA,
and if not, which concerns exist.
Thanks for you assistance , rck
DRBD MANAGE END USER AGREEMENT DRBD MANAGE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
OCTOBER 19, 2016
PLEASE READ THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. BY USING THE SOFTWARE DRBD
MANAGE YOU ACCEPT ALL TERMS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT
AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE, DO NOT INSTALL, COPY, OR USE THE
1.1) LICENSOR: LINBIT HA Solutions GmbH, Stiegergasse 18, 1150 Wien, Austria.
1.2) LICENSEE: The user of DRBD Manage under this License Agreement.
1.3) LICENSED SOFTWARE: The Software DRBD Manage in source code and
object code form including all executable programs.
1.4) DOCUMENTATION: The DRBD user's guide, e-mails and other explanatory
materials accompanying the LICENSED SOFTWARE in printed or electronic
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which means LICENSEE may use the software for redistribution to an
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under sections 3.1 and 3.2.
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might damage the data or the computer of the LICENSEE or even other
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damages resulting from the use of the LICENSED SOFTWARE or DOCUMENTATION
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this Agreement can only be modified or amended in writing. In case of
interpretation controversies the terms of this Agreement shall prevail
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that make reference to the law of other countries.
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dissolution of the contract, the contractual relation of the parties or
any claims arising thereunder, shall be decided by the court having
subject matter jurisdiction for the 1st district of Vienna (Austria).
However, if the LICENSEE’s registered office is not within the European
Union (EU) or within one of the EFTA States, all disputes shall be
finally settled in accordance with the Rules of Arbitration of the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) by one or more arbitrators
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Furthermore LICENSOR, shall also be entitled to bring proceedings
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court of general jurisdiction. The LICENSEE shall compensate the
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in particular for attorneys’ fees, and for any pre-trial expenses
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or become invalid or unenforceable, the validity of the other terms
shall remain unaffected. In such a case, the parties shall replace the
invalid or unenforceable condition by another legally effective
provision meeting the purpose of the abolished provision to the greatest
extent. The same applies in case of a gap of regulation.
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