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[bluetooth-dev] New license for the Axis bluetooth stack
Dear bluetooth developers,
we have decided to change the license for the bluetooth stack
we are developing. It will still be released under GNU GPL,
but also granting the right to link it with non-GPL code. See
below for the actual license text. It should be similar in
spirit to the one used for Guile by FSF, which is considered
to be compatible with GPL.
We will also change the name of the stack to "AXIS OpenBT Stack"
due to restrictions in how the name Bluetooth may be used.
The reason for this change in licensing is that we want to
allow the stack to be used with other operating systems like
eCos and OSE, and thereby broadening its usefulness as a
widespread open source implementation of the bluetooth protocol.
The intent of the license below is that all changes concerning
the bluetooth functionality must be published in accordance with
the GNU GPL license. However, it should not contaminate non-
bluetooth related code and require it to be published.
We did not choose a license like BSD because we want to make
sure all changes that others do that affect the bluetooth
functionality are fed back to the community of free software
We believe that this change of license should not prevent you
from helping us make this stack the obvious choice for an open
source bluetooth implementation, for Linux and other operating
We also hope that those of you who have already supplied us
with patches which have been incorporated into the code agree
that your code can be licensed under this new license, and
that future submissions (once the SourceForge CVS is working
as expected) are covered by it too.
the Axis Bluetooth Team
AXIS OpenBT Stack License ===================================
The license of the AXIS OpenBT stack consists both of the GNU
General Public License, version 2, hereinafter referred to as
"GPL", as published by the Free Software Foundation, and a
special statement giving blanket permission to use with non-
free software. The following is the special license statement
as found in any individual file that it applies to:
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GPL.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GPL for more details.
Exceptionally, Axis Communications AB grants discretionary and
conditional permissions for additional use of the text contained
in the company's release of the AXIS OpenBT Stack under the
provisions set forth hereunder.
Provided that, if you use the AXIS OpenBT Stack with other files,
that do not implement functionality as specified in the Bluetooth
System specification, to produce an executable, this does not by
itself cause the resulting executable to be covered by the GNU
General Public License. Your use of that executable is in no way
restricted on account of using the AXIS OpenBT Stack code with it.
This exception does not however invalidate any other reasons why
the executable file might be covered by the provisions of the GPL.
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