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Re: [Koha-devel] Koha Foundation: Free Software Foundation

From: Chris Cormack
Subject: Re: [Koha-devel] Koha Foundation: Free Software Foundation
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 13:15:55 +1200
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Irma Birchall wrote:

Hi Irma

Could I ask for some clarification?
Isn't Koha already licensed under the FSF? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Software_Foundation

No Koha is licensed under the GPL version 2.

# Koha is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the # terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software # Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
# version.


If it were to be decided to start a "Koha Foundation" or join an alternate
Foundation, how would this affect the license with FSF?
Is the copyright of Koha held by FSF?

Not at all, we are not part of the FSF in any way. We publish our software under a license they wrote.

Can Koha apply for grants under FSF? Receive donations? How well does FSF oversee the 4000 licenses currently listed in its
directory? Rules of entry and exit? What are the benefits to the Koha
developers or the Koha users community, to be licensed under the FSF?

We arent licensed under the FSF, people who use Koha are bound by the terms of the GPL (which the FSF wrote). Think of the FSF as a lawyer who you get to write an agreement for you. They wrote a license that thousands of Free Software projects around the world use to distribute their software.

And I also wonder how legitimate/important other librarians or library
managers view the FSF and Koha's association with the FSF?

We have no formal association with them, we use a license they wrote. Thats the extent of our involvement.

I will make some enquiries amongst my library contacts in Australia.

Enquiries about a Foundation would be good. But dont ask about our association with the FSF, we have none.

Asking how libraries would view the koha project starting a Foundation, or perhaps becoming part of an existing foundation, would be valuable.


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