Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:59:24 -0700 From: Petr Hosek <phosek@...omium.org> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Cc: kulakowski@...omium.org Subject: musl licensing We work on Chromium project at Google. Our team, as well as several other teams here at Google, would like to start using musl in various open-source projects. This includes shipping musl as a part of SDKs and toolchains. However, after performing a standard license review, our open-source lawyers told us that there are two obstacles to us being able to use musl. The first issue is the lack of clarity around per-file licensing and copyright attribution. The other issue is the claim that some files (in particular, the public headers and C runtime) are in the public domain. While this might be technically correct, it's not legally sound and we would be legally unable to use these files without them being placed under copyright and an open source license. The most appropriate way of addressing both issues would be to include a copyright notice in individual source and header files. Rather than working around these issues by reimplementing parts of musl, we would like to work with the musl community to directly address these issues. We believe that our company's interpretation of the copyright and authorship is the same across the entire industry and resolving these issues would benefit both musl as well as projects which already do or plan to use musl. To address both issues, authors of all files in musl that are "public domain" or any other non-license will have to agree with relicensing their work under the MIT license (or any other compatible open-source license). Furthermore, all past and future contributors will have to to sign the Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Since the majority of musl authors are present in this forum, we're reaching out to you to ask whether this is something you would agree with and also to start the discussion within the wider musl community.
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