Licence for Desktop Service Software ??

Shane Martin Coughlan coughlan at
Mon Dec 3 15:17:18 UTC 2007

Hi Antonello

Antonello Lobianco wrote:
> May I still use the Affero licence? Is out there a licence (compatible with 
> the GPLv2, as I am using Qt and glpk) that is similar to the Affero one but 
> without the "network" limitation ??

>From the outline you provided, it sounds like you are interested in
something like GPLv2 + additional term.  That would be vanilla GPLv2
incompatible.  This is because Section 6 of the licence expressly
disallows additional terms to be applied to vanilla GPL code:
"You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise
of the rights granted herein."

Perhaps the key lies in defining what you wish to accomplish.  I am
surprised that academic experiments in your field are not transparent
and repeatable.  In each field of studies it is usually a prerequisite
that researchers describe methodology.  Indeed, the use of any
scientific research that cannot be replicated and expanded by third
parties has limited scope.  Verification and peer review is almost
impossible in such cases.

This may not be a licensing issue per se but rather an issue of field
publication best practice.

I hope this helps.  If you have further questions you can email the FTF
directly at ftf at



Shane Coughlan
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