Bug 92802 - Source tree includes AGPL code (qpaeq) without disclosing it at the top level
Summary: Source tree includes AGPL code (qpaeq) without disclosing it at the top level
Alias: None
Product: PulseAudio
Classification: Unclassified
Component: tools (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium major
Assignee: pulseaudio-bugs
QA Contact: pulseaudio-bugs
Depends on:
Blocks: 96750
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Reported: 2015-11-04 01:25 UTC by Marc MERLIN
Modified: 2017-09-19 20:54 UTC (History)
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Description Marc MERLIN 2015-11-04 01:25:15 UTC
is AGPL but pulseaudio is not.

AGPL is obviously a license that is problematic for some, and qpaeq seems to be a default build target for pulseaudio.
I'm putting this as major since it's important that each user knows what licenses they have to abide by and as of now they could be unknowingly violating the license.

IMO, one of those things ought to happen
1) qpaeq gets relicensed under GPL or some other license
2) qpaeq gets removed entirely or removed from default builds
3) top level https://github.com/pulseaudio/pulseaudio/blob/master/LICENSE warns about this AGPL bit and AGPL added in full at the top level
Comment 1 Tanu Kaskinen 2016-12-16 13:17:38 UTC
Thanks for the report! I'd like to change the qpaeq license from AGPL to LGPL, and I started that process by sending this email:

If we don't get the license changed before the 10.0 release, I'll fix the top-level LICENSE file.
Comment 2 Tanu Kaskinen 2017-09-19 18:33:28 UTC
This was fixed already a while ago by adding a note about AGPL to the LICENSE file, but I forgot to close this bug. Now another thing happened: qpaeq changed its license to LGPL v2.1.

Comment 3 Marc MERLIN 2017-09-19 20:54:52 UTC
Thanks for resolving this, in this case in the best way possible.

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