[Bf-committers] Tomas Havrda asking for a license

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Fri Oct 18 19:55:12 CEST 2019


I get such requests like every month. I always reply that I can only 
confirm that Blender is actually GNU GPL licensed software, and that 
<link to license> is valid for Blender.

Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Just recently a school wanted me to 
sign a 5 page contract for using Blender in their lab. I simply refuse 
that - they draft such agreements for commercial programs that make 
quite some money with it.

Schools and companies should develop policies for Free Software or OSI 
compatible programs. I always friendly remind them of that.

If Skoda Academy has further questions they can always email me. I reply 
all such mails swiftly and do my best to help finding solutions.

Best regards,

Ton Roosendaal - ton at blender.org - www.blender.org
Chairman Blender Foundation, Director Blender Institute
Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands

On 18/10/2019 18:53, Ankit Meel wrote:
> I also second this. Any other legally ambiguous placed word by Ton (Sir) can bring problems as said by Zack.
> This and https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html> is the only thing the Skoda Academy needs to know. There’s no need  for company leaders to reiterate it in a reply email. Putting the software and its license up for download is enough permission.
> Ankit Meel (ankitm)
>> On 18-Oct-2019, at 22:15, Harley Acheson <harley.acheson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> All that is required to answer questions about Blender licenses is to send
>> them to this page:
>> https://www.blender.org/about/license/
>> To expect anything else is simply bizarre. The central problem is an
>> employer that is
>> brain-dead, and the solution to that does not need to involve anyone else.
>> I wonder how
>> they are doing with getting replies from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Jeff
>> Bezos, and Santa Claus.
>> Cheers, Harley
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