Bug #8602

Documentation licence not compatible with Free Software

Added by Russell Harrison over 8 years ago. Updated about 8 years ago.

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The current user documentation is licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence which means the documentation isn't compatible with free software. This effectively prevents distributions or other software compilations from including the documentation for darktable in the distribution or repositories since they allow the distribution to be used for commercial purposes.

For more information (and a generally interesting read) I found this artical at freedom defined particularly useful.

Basic rule of thumb when using a CC licence for free software goes :
Good: CC-BY-ND
Better: CC-BY
Best: CC-BY-SA

Associated revisions

Revision 6712b960 (diff)
Added by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

Fix #8602: Usermanual is now cc by-sa, no longer cc by-nc-sa

I hope I didn't miss any place where the old license was mentioned.


#1 Updated by Simon Spannagel about 8 years ago

Henrik, what do you think? Changing documentation to CC-BY-SA? Do we need this NC?

(same applies for website)

#2 Updated by Henrik Andersson about 8 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress

#3 Updated by Henrik Andersson over 7 years ago

  • Affected Version set to git development version
  • % Done changed from 0 to 50
  • Target version changed from --- to Candidate for next minor release

Feel free to change the license removing the NC.

#4 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

Since Olivier Tribout agreed to dropping the NC in this mail and Jo and me didn't have a problem with that either I hereby declare that it shall be done. :)

#5 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

  • % Done changed from 50 to 100
  • Status changed from In Progress to Fixed

Applied in changeset darktable|commit:6712b9605b8ec7ae0a0cb3d7d8c12a22acacd9d2.

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