[Haskell-cafe] webcam library on github

Daniel Peebles pumpkingod at gmail.com
Fri May 25 21:30:58 CEST 2012

On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 3:07 AM, . <ch.gosch at googlemail.com> wrote:

> The gpl is sort of my default license. I know it is a little
> restrictive, so if that keeps people (if any) from contributing, I will
> change the license. As far as I can see, I would be able to change it to
> lgpl then, but not to bsd.
I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is that the code is yours and you are
free to license it however you want. If you choose to license your code as
BSD and depend on LGPL code, then *your users* are bound by both the BSD
And LGPL licenses, which is effectively as "bad" as being bound by the
LGPL. Your portion of the code is still BSD-licensed, though. The
distinction would probably be more evident if someone then made a BSD
replacement for your dependencies, in which case they would no longer be
bound by the LGPL terms if they used your library.

The Haskell community does seem to have a cultural attachment to more
permissive licenses, so you'll likely see a lot more adoption if you do use
BSD, but it's obviously up to you.

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