[License-discuss] TCPDF license: LGPLv3 + a special clause: is this still considered "Open Source"?
kfogel at red-bean.com
Tue Jan 31 21:43:20 UTC 2012
Marc Laporte <marc at marclaporte.com> writes:
>The license has changed to vanilla LGPL:
Very glad to hear it, and congratulations! :-)
>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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