[Bf-committers] Tomas Havrda asking for a license

Markus Mayer markus at chalybeum.de
Fri Oct 18 08:16:57 CEST 2019

That is exactly what I was aiming for when I said, find a wording. A simple letter that explains, that the GPL enables anybody to use Blender for whatever they want and how long they want. Therefore also Skoda.
I didn't think of a letter along the lines:
I hereby grant Skoda (...) the rights to use x seats for y time.
That would indeed have implications.

Am 18. Oktober 2019 07:45:35 MESZ schrieb Zack Brown <zacharyb at gmail.com>:
>I'm not connected with blender development, I just love blender with a
>heart. And I'm not a lawyer. Nor do I know anything whatsoever. In
>just forget I wrote anything here at all.
>> I am sure that Mr. Ton Roosedaal will find a wording that asures your
>I think there might be unwanted implications, if Ton or anyone else
>gives a
>legally binding document to someone, that in any way differs from the
>actual license used in the blender code. It's possible that such a
>might constitute a new license, that Ton could be held responsible for
>he's not legally able to offer such a thing. Or if it turned out he
>legally able to offer it, it might represent a terrible loophole to the
>existing license, that Tomas's company (or anyone who acquired that
>company's assets in the future) could exploit if they so chose.
>It seems like Tomas's company is confused. Rather than cement that
>confusion by trying to satisfy them, by giving something that they will
>probably regard as legally binding, with no end of future nightmares,
>it makes more sense to just try to explain the true situation to them,
>help bring them to a better understanding of open source. They already
>the right to use blender. They just need a little help to realize that.
>something on Blender Foundation letterhead, signed by someone in a
>to sign things, and making various assurances, to a group of people who
>don't understand the situation, seems like it's asking for trouble.
>Be well,
>On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 6:55 AM Markus Mayer <markus at chalybeum.de>
>> Hello Tomas,
>> first of all thank you for your interest in Blender and your
>engagement to
>> bring it into Skoda.
>> For a written and signed personalized license from the Blender
>> you should contact them directly. I am sure that Mr. Ton Roosedaal
>> find a wording that asures your company that they can use Blender for
>> long as you want, on how many seats as you want.
>> The funny thing is that the software itself is redistributable. So if
>> has no time, I will send you a copy with a written permission under
>> terms. Or you could just do it yourself.
>> While all of this would be perfectly legal, I believe you want
>> with a nice Blender Foundation header.
>> So please point your request directly to:
>> foundation at blender.org
>> Greetings,
>> Markus Mayer
>> Disclaimer: I am neither a developer nor in any form acting on
>behalve of
>> the Blender Foundation. This is just a friendly support service
>provided by
>> a member of the Blender user community.
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