[License-discuss] TCPDF license: LGPLv3 + a special clause: is this still considered "Open Source"?
marc at marclaporte.com
Sat Jan 28 16:05:27 UTC 2012
The license has changed to vanilla LGPL:
On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel at red-bean.com> wrote:
> Marc Laporte <marc at marclaporte.com> writes:
>>Hi Karl and all!
>>I hope you are well and I am looking for advice, again :-)
>>We are discussing which PDF library to include in Tiki Wiki CMS
>>TCPDF is an option but there is a special clause
>>It is LGPL v3 + "Additionally, YOU CAN'T REMOVE ANY TCPDF COPYRIGHT
>>NOTICE OR LINK FROM THE GENERATED PDF DOCUMENTS."
>>What do you think?
> I'd stay away from that. If your publishing software places
> requirements on the *content* of the material you're publishing,
> something is wrong. In my opinion, as long as they have this clause,
> TCPDF is not free software, despite their claim that it is.
> The clause is also unclear: who exactly is the "YOU"? The first
> downstream licensee? What about the second - Nth downstream licensees?
> And can a redistributor of TCPDF remove that clause from the license on
> their redistributions? (Possibly; after all, the clause doesn't say
> anything about itself, and it's part of a license notice, not of the
> license itself.)
> The whole thing is legally ill-crafted as well as unfree, IMHO. Stay a
> million miles away. Or, see if you can persuade them that this kind of
> enforced advertising in output is not the way to go.
>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 4:57 PM
>>Subject: Re: [Tiki-devel] Slideshow gains pdf export ; ). Wiki next! +
>>PDF Document Data Merger
>>To: Tiki developers
>>On 11/23/2011 09:48 AM, Robert Plummer wrote:
>>> Also, my first choice was TCPDF, but it is HUGE! 11.5 meg. I couldn't
>>> justify making tiki that much larger for simple pdf export.
>>I would also eliminate use of TCPDF for my current needs due to this
>>statement in their license:
>> YOU CAN'T REMOVE ANY TCPDF COPYRIGHT NOTICE OR LINK FROM THE
>> GENERATED PDF DOCUMENTS.
>>On the TCPDF examples, I see a large red logo on the top of every pdf....
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