Policies/Licensing Policy

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All source code in KDE SVN must meet the following requirements:

  1. All source files must contain a copyright header which identifies the copyright holder(s) together with a e-mail address that can be used to reach the copyright holder.
  2. Each source file must contain a license or a reference to a license which states under which terms the software may be used, modified and redistributed.
  3. Source files that are part of a library in kdelibs must be licensed under the terms of any of the following licenses:
    • LGPL as listed in kdelibs/COPYING.LIB
    • BSD license as listed in kdelibs/COPYING.BSD and below.
      Note that the BSD license does not contain the so called 'advertisement clause'.
    • X11 license as listed below.
  4. Any other source files must be licensed under the terms of one of the licenses listed under 3) or any of the following licenses:
    • GPL as listed in kdelibs/COPYING
    • QPL as listed below.
    • MIT license as listed below.
    • Artistic license as listed below.

Contents

BSD License

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

1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
   notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
2. 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.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR ``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 AUTHOR 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.

X11 License

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
X CONSORTIUM 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 the X Consortium shall not be
used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale, use or other dealings
in this Software without prior written authorization from the X Consortium.

QPL

			     THE Q PUBLIC LICENSE
				  version 1.0

		   Copyright (C) 1999-2000 Trolltech AS, Norway.
		       Everyone is permitted to copy and
		       distribute this license document.

The intent of this license is to establish freedom to share and change the
software regulated by this license under the open source model.

This license applies to any software containing a notice placed by the
copyright holder saying that it may be distributed under the terms of
the Q Public License version 1.0.  Such software is herein referred to as
the Software.  This license covers modification and distribution of the
Software, use of third-party application programs based on the Software,
and development of free software which uses the Software.

				 Granted Rights

1. You are granted the non-exclusive rights set forth in this license
   provided you agree to and comply with any and all conditions in this
   license.  Whole or partial distribution of the Software, or software
   items that link with the Software, in any form signifies acceptance of
   this license.

2. You may copy and distribute the Software in unmodified form provided
   that the entire package, including - but not restricted to - copyright,
   trademark notices and disclaimers, as released by the initial developer
   of the Software, is distributed.

3. You may make modifications to the Software and distribute your
   modifications, in a form that is separate from the Software, such as
   patches. The following restrictions apply to modifications:

     a. Modifications must not alter or remove any copyright notices in
        the Software.

     b. When modifications to the Software are released under this
        license, a non-exclusive royalty-free right is granted to the
        initial developer of the Software to distribute your modification
        in future versions of the Software provided such versions remain
        available under these terms in addition to any other license(s) of
        the initial developer.

4. You may distribute machine-executable forms of the Software or
   machine-executable forms of modified versions of the Software, provided
   that you meet these restrictions:

     a. You must include this license document in the distribution.

     b. You must ensure that all recipients of the machine-executable forms
        are also able to receive the complete machine-readable source code
        to the distributed Software, including all modifications, without
        any charge beyond the costs of data transfer, and place prominent
        notices in the distribution explaining this.

     c. You must ensure that all modifications included in the
        machine-executable forms are available under the terms of this
        license.

5. You may use the original or modified versions of the Software to
   compile, link and run application programs legally developed by you
   or by others.

6. You may develop application programs, reusable components and other
   software items that link with the original or modified versions of the
   Software.  These items, when distributed, are subject to the following
   requirements:

     a. You must ensure that all recipients of machine-executable forms of
        these items are also able to receive and use the complete
        machine-readable source code to the items without any charge
        beyond the costs of data transfer.

     b. You must explicitly license all recipients of your items to use
        and re-distribute original and modified versions of the items in
        both machine-executable and source code forms. The recipients must
        be able to do so without any charges whatsoever, and they must be
        able to re-distribute to anyone they choose.


     c. If the items are not available to the general public, and the
        initial developer of the Software requests a copy of the items,
        then you must supply one.

			    Limitations of Liability

In no event shall the initial developers or copyright holders be liable
for any damages whatsoever, including - but not restricted to - lost
revenue or profits or other direct, indirect, special, incidental or
consequential damages, even if they have been advised of the possibility
of such damages, except to the extent invariable law, if any, provides
otherwise.

			          No Warranty

The Software and this license document are provided AS IS with NO WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF DESIGN, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
                                 Choice of Law

This license is governed by the Laws of Norway. Disputes shall be settled
by Oslo City Court.

MIT license

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software
and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby
granted, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all
copies and that both that the copyright notice and this
permission notice and warranty disclaimer appear in supporting
documentation, and that the name of the author not be used in
advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the
software without specific, written prior permission.

The author disclaim all warranties with regard to this
software, including all implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness.  In no event shall the author be liable for any
special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages
whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether
in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action,
arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of
this software.

Artistic License

                               The "Artistic License"

                                      Preamble

        The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a
        Package may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains some
        semblance of artistic control over the development of the package,
        while giving the users of the package the right to use and
        distribute the Package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the
        right to make reasonable modifications.

        Definitions:

           * "Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the
             Copyright Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files
             created through textual modification.

           * "Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been
             modified, or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of
             the Copyright Holder.

           * "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or
             copyrights for the package.

           * "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing
             this Package.

           * "Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the
             basis of media cost, duplication charges, time of people
             involved, and so on. (You will not be required to justify it to
             the Copyright Holder, but only to the computing community at
             large as a market that must bear the fee.)

           * "Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the item
             itself, though there may be fees involved in handling the item.
             It also means that recipients of the item may redistribute it
             under the same conditions they received it.

        1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of
        the Standard Version of this Package without restriction, provided
        that you duplicate all of the original copyright notices and
        associated disclaimers.

        2. You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other
        modifications derived from the Public Domain or from the Copyright
        Holder. A Package modified in such a way shall still be considered
        the Standard Version.

        3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in any way,
        provided that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file
        stating how and when you changed that file, and provided that you do
        at least ONE of the following:

             a) place your modifications in the Public Domain or
             otherwise make them Freely Available, such as by posting
             said modifications to Usenet or an equivalent medium, or
             placing the modifications on a major archive site such as
             ftp.uu.net, or by allowing the Copyright Holder to include
             your modifications in the Standard Version of the Package.

             b) use the modified Package only within your corporation
             or organization.

             c) rename any non-standard executables so the names do not
             conflict with standard executables, which must also be
             provided, and provide a separate manual page for each
             non-standard executable that clearly documents how it
             differs from the Standard Version.

             d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright
             Holder.

        4. You may distribute the programs of this Package in object code or
        executable form, provided that you do at least ONE of the following:

             a) distribute a Standard Version of the executables and
             library files, together with instructions (in the manual
             page or equivalent) on where to get the Standard Version.

             b) accompany the distribution with the machine-readable
             source of the Package with your modifications.

             c) accompany any non-standard executables with their
             corresponding Standard Version executables, giving the
             non-standard executables non-standard names, and clearly
             documenting the differences in manual pages (or
             equivalent), together with instructions on where to get
             the Standard Version.

             d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright
             Holder.

        5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of
        this Package. You may charge any fee you choose for support of this
        Package. You may not charge a fee for this Package itself. However,
        you may distribute this Package in aggregate with other (possibly
        commercial) programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial)
        software distribution provided that you do not advertise this
        Package as a product of your own.

        6. The scripts and library files supplied as input to or produced as
        output from the programs of this Package do not automatically fall
        under the copyright of this Package, but belong to whomever
        generated them, and may be sold commercially, and may be aggregated
        with this Package.

        7. C or perl subroutines supplied by you and linked into this
        Package shall not be considered part of this Package.

        8. The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or
        promote products derived from this software without specific prior
        written permission.

        9. THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR
        IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED
        WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

                                      The End

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