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Re: Odoo 9 Accounting: We support your bank

by
Fabien Pinckaers (fp)
- 10/03/2015 23:41:01
Yes, the chart of accounts and taxes are in Odoo Community, which is LGPL. Anyone can develop any module based on Odoo Community, since it's LGPL. (proprietary or open source module) All modules on https://www.odoo.com/apps are legal, as well as modules in Odoo Enterprise.

What's illegal is to do a proprietary module that depends on a AGPL module. (or an AGPL module that depends on a proprietary one) As an example, you can not develop a proprietary module that depends on a OCA module (as most of the OCA module are AGPL). To get more information, you can check this presentation: https://www.odoo.com/slides/slide/open-source-licenses-196

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Fabien

On Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 6:19 PM, Bassirou Ndaw <b.ndaw@ergobit.org> wrote:

Hello,

 

just need to understand: is that legal that Odoo SA takes chart of account modules from community and build proprietary reports and dashboards on their top ?

 

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Best regards

Bassirou Ndaw

 

 

 

 

From: Fabien Pinckaers [mailto:fp@odoo.com]
Sent: Samstag, 3. Oktober 2015 19:40
To: Community <community@mail.odoo.com>
Subject: RE: Odoo 9 Accounting: We support your bank

 

Hello,

We will, of course, never relicense community modules. Not only because we can not (you own your own code) but also because we think everyone should respect contributors and their choice of license. We plan to enforce contributors choice whether it's AGPL (no proprietary module can depend on it) or LGPL.

But it's also true that we are open to all worlds: we support open source contributions and we support paid apps too. Both are good: the first help creating a good open source software, the later generate revenues for its author to boost contributions.

> what you Odoo expects from community is too easy: community members should develop modules and contribute via pull-requests. After this, you licenses the code, close it and sell it back to the same community?

What you expect from Odoo SA is too easy: you want a great software, that is free, and you complain if we sell extra modules to finance this.

Odoo's open source license (LGPL) allows open source and proprietary modules to co-exist. You should better live with it, otherwise you risk to be frustrated and we all will get bored of flame wars on this list every week.

It should not be a problem for contributors as they can choose the license that reflects what they want for their modules. Just choose the license that best fits your interests for your contributions:
- AGPL: everyone can use, but you don't want developers of proprietary modules to depend on your app
- LGPL: anyone can depend on your app, but your module must remain open source (and all its modifications too)
- proprietary: you expect revenues for your module.

No one can relicense your modules / contributions (neither Odoo SA or another contributor). It's illegal.

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Fabien

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