Re: Proprietary files in GTK+?


The license for the RBTree implementation is a standard BSD 3-clauses license, with an additional restriction for the US government.

Since GTK is not owned by the US government, it's not a problem - even though, in any case, the restrictions still allow the US government to use and redistribute the code, in compliance with the license.

In any case, the exception for the US government is moot now that the implementation is part of GTK: the original license is compatible with the LGPL used by GTK so the whole file, and its modifications, is relicensed under the LGPL, version 2.1 or later, i.e. the license used by GTK.

If you want a proper legal opinion, you should ask a lawyer, though, and not take my word for it. GTK has already been audited by various companies and their legal departments, just in case you are wondering.


On Saturday, 5 October 2013, Nikita Churaev wrote:
gtktextbtree.h and gtktextbtree.c have this:

This part of the license looks proprietary.

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