[owncloud-devel] Paid apps

Jan-Christoph Borchardt hey at jancborchardt.net
Fri Apr 25 12:27:33 GMT 2014


Plenty of Wordpress themes and plugins are closed source. I suppose that answers the law question.

From the pure "should we or not" side, I wouldn't say we should restrict proprietary apps from the ownCloud appstore, paid or not. Clearly indicate that they are not open source, yes. Bjt not flat-out restrict it.

On Apr 25, 2014 2:15 PM, Frank Karlitschek <frank at owncloud.com> wrote:
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> On 25.04.2014, at 08:01, Jan ten Bokkel <jantenbokkel at gmail.com> wrote: 
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> > Hi, 
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> > Bjoern Schiessle schreef op 25-4-2014 13:42: 
> >> actually it is not possible to distribute proprietary apps. ownCloud is licensed under AGPLv3 and every app can be seen as a derivative work and therefore needs to be licensed under a AGPLv3 compatible license. 
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> > As far as I know that's only true for a shared code base, ownCloud can be seen as a framework for cloud apps and provides an apps API to establish that. The derivative work rule only applies if modifications are made to the framework itself. There are plenty examples of commercial, closed source software utilizing opensource frameworks. 
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> That´s true in general. 
> The challenge is how this is interpreted by experts, lawyers and courts. 
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> A common interpretation is that it is the same "application" if it is running in the same address space like a linked C library. Or if it is not running in the same address space like a linux application on top of the kernel. 
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> The big challenge is how this translates to scripting languages like PHP where everything is always running in the same address space of the PHP runtime. 
> But Java has the same challenge where a proprietary Android app is running in the same VM as a GPL component. 
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> Does someone know how the legal argumentation works there? 
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> Frank 
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> > Kind regards, 
> > Jan ten Bokkel 
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