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authorCarsten Haitzler (Rasterman) <raster@rasterman.com>2013-10-30 19:28:16 +0900
committerCarsten Haitzler (Rasterman) <raster@rasterman.com>2013-10-30 19:28:36 +0900
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29 29
30Q. Where is the licensing information? 30Q. Where is the licensing information?
31A. See the COPYING file here in this directory. This is the proper legal 31A. See the COPYING file here in this directory. This is the proper legal
32information you will need. 32information you will need. It covers all of elementary, EXCEPT the
33theme which is public domain (the text files only - images are not).
33 34
34Q. Do I need to make the source public of libraries or applications that I 35Q. Do I need to make the source public of libraries or applications that I
35build on top of Elementary? 36build on top of Elementary?
36A. No. Even the default theme is public domain, whihc means you can 37A. No. Even the default theme is public domain, which means you can
37make your own by copying it and starting from there, and you may 38make your own by copying it and starting from there, and you may
38license your copied variation any way you like. 39license your copied variation any way you like.
39 40
40Q. Do I need to provide the source for Elementary? 41Q. Do I need to provide the source for Elementary?
41A. Yes. In general you do. If you are shipping any of the binaries or 42A. Yes. In general you do. If you are shipping any of the binaries or
42libraries that are produced, you must provide the EXACT source code 43libraries built from Elementary, you must provide the EXACT source code
43used to build those binaries. So stick to doing this and you'll be fine. 44used to build those binaries.
44 45
45Q. If I have to provide source, how should I do this? 46Q. If I have to provide source, how should I do this?
46A. The best way is to provide a reference in an "about" dialog in the 47A. The best way is to provide a reference in an "about" dialog in the
@@ -65,3 +66,8 @@ source code, provide them as part of the user interface in full (e.g.
65in a dialog), or as files in the filesystem, on actual printed 66in a dialog), or as files in the filesystem, on actual printed
66material (manuals, papers) that accompany the product or in CD, DVD 67material (manuals, papers) that accompany the product or in CD, DVD
67etc. media. 68etc. media.
69
70Q. Is there a simpler list of do's and don'ts i can use?
71A. Yes. See http://www.tldrlegal.com. specifically:
72
73http://www.tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-lesser-general-public-license-v2.1-(lgpl-2.1)