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Re: Kdenlive License follow-up.

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: Kdenlive License follow-up.
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:40:13 +0200
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Hi Fanis,

> I asked on the KDE matrix server regarding the Kdenlive licensing and
> turns out they use GPL-3 in OpenSUSE. Most files are either GPL-2 or
> GPL-3 or later + KDE Ev. clause so the package can't be licensed as
> GPL-2 like Gentoo or GPL-2+ as in Guix.

Thank you for the information.

If you could point us to a file that is licensed under GPL version 3 or
later we should change the license in the package definition to (list
license:gpl2+ license:gpl3+) with a comment to state that the package is
effectively under GPL version 3 or later.

> As far as I know if a package has some GPL-3 files then it becomes
> GPL-3 as a whole is that correct?

Not necessarily.  If it combines files under GPLv2 (only) with files
that are under GPLv3 (only) then the project as a whole has conflicting
licensing terms.  That’s why the “or later” clause is really important.
Software containing files under GPLv2+ and GPLv3 (only) would have an
effective license of GPLv3 (only), while the individual files still
retain their own terms.


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