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Overview

  • Need clarity on how to approach other people's code to avoid legal problems
  • Not possible to create SOFA Statistics without using other code - especially libraries
  • Not intending to dual licence the core.
  • Expectation that will be able to use all code in a Software-As-a-Service (SAS) arrangement over the web on the grounds that no code is being distributed, except for code licensed under the AGPL
  • Will need full copyright for any proprietary add-ons to the open source core

Updating Licence Files

  • The copyright file in /home/g/projects/SOFA/debmaker/KEEPME
  • The licence.txt file in /home/g/transfer/3 SOFA dev/

Open-Core Licensing

Open-Core Licensing (http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2008/09/01/andrew-lampitt-defines-open-core-licensing/).

We work on the assumption that the core will always be fully open source.

Providing an R module

Dual Licensing

Not intending to dual licence the core. NB if a client is not distributing their product, can modify and customise anything and everything without restriction e.g. a reporting system for a University or a Hospital.

Although it would be nice to have that option, it is likely to be very difficult to achieve because of all the copyright holders who would have to agree. It is doubtful that many would even reply ;-).

Software as a Service

We may wish to offer some features of SOFA as a service over the internet at some point. We will not be able to use any libraries with AGPL licences as part of this service.

Incompatible licenses

Code licensed under GPLv2 cannot be modified and used in SOFA because the GPLv2 is incompatible with the AGPL. However, modules licensed under GPLv3 or “GPLv2 or later” can be linked or combined with SOFA. Further investigation is needed to clarify the difference between modifying and “linking or combining”.

Libraries

  • Include licences in debian copyright notice and in README file installed by both versions

SOFA Code

  • Contributor Licence Agreement (CLA) needed

Existing Licences

SOFA Statistics

  This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
  it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as
  published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the
  License, or (at your option) any later version.
  
  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
  GNU Affero General Public License for more details.
  
  You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License
  along with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

excel_reader.py

excel_reader.py is based, with major modifications, on excel.py, copyright © Nicolas Hehuen 2005, which is released under the Python Licence (http://www.python.org/psf/license/).

Python and Main Python Libraries

Python itself, and the various Python libraries, are released under the Python Licence (http://www.python.org/psf/license/) unless otherwise specified.

wxPython

wxPython is released under the wxWindows licence (http://www.wxwidgets.org/about/newlicen.htm)

MySQLdb

MySQLDb is released under the GPL or the original license based on Python 1.5.2's license.

Numpy

Numpy is distributed under the Numpy License:

  Copyright (c) 2005, NumPy Developers
  
  All rights reserved.
  
  Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without 
  modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
  
  Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, 
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
  Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, 
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation 
  and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
  Neither the name of the NumPy Developers nor the names of any contributors 
  may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software 
  without specific prior written permission.
  
  THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS “AS IS” 
  AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
  TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR 
  PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS 
  BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR 
  CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE 
  GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) 
  HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT 
  LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT 
  OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

stats.py from statlib

Copyright (c) 1999-2007 Gary Strangman; All Rights Reserved.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN
THE SOFTWARE.

Comments and/or additions are welcome (send e-mail to: strang@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu).

SciPy

SciPy is distributed under the BSD licence. Includes stats.py etc.

PySQLite

Pysqlite is distributed under the following licence:

  Copyright (c) 2004-2007 Gerhard Häring
  
  This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In
  no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use
  of this software.
  
  Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
  including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely,
  subject to the following restrictions:
  
  1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
  claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in
  a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
  appreciated but is not required.
  
  2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
  misrepresented as being the original software.
  
  3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.

Comtypes

Pywin32

From pers comm with Mark Hammond -

  still closer to 'bsd' - but the intention was always to re-license it under the same license Python itself uses. 

Actual licence as found under win32/License.txt

  Unless stated in the specfic source file, this work is
  Copyright (c) 1994-2008, Mark Hammond 
  All rights reserved.
  
  Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
  modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions 
  are met:
  
  Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, 
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
  
  Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright 
  notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in 
  the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
  
  Neither name of Mark Hammond nor the name of contributors may be used 
  to endorse or promote products derived from this software without 
  specific prior written permission. 
  
  THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS
  IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
  TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
  PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE REGENTS OR
  CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL,
  EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
  PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR
  PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF
  LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING
  NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS
  SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

wxMPL

wxmpl is distributed under the following licence:

Copyright 2005-2009 Illinois Institute of Technology

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining
a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to
the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BE LIABLE FOR ANY
CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT,
TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE
SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Except as contained in this notice, the name of Illinois Institute
of Technology shall not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote
the sale, use or other dealings in this Software without prior written
authorization from Illinois Institute of Technology.

boomslang

boomslang is distributed under the New BSD License (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php)

google data api

Copyright (C) 2006-2009 Google Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

dojo toolkit

Copyright (c) 2005-2010, The Dojo Foundation
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, 
are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

* Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this
  list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
* Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
  this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
  and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
* Neither the name of the Dojo Foundation nor the names of its contributors
  may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software
  without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
DISCLAIMED.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE
FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE
OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
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