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Re: access to code under AGPL v3

Savoir-Faire Linux, Maxime Chambreuil
- 01/20/2016 07:21:52
Hello Gunnar,

> "is the statement of the OCA that all OCA modules can co-exist with Enterprise Modules actually legal"

If I am not mistaken, it is the same statement as the Linux Foundation in regards to the NVidia kernel driver. To those (users, customers and integrators) worrying about being sued later, I suggest they have a look at this case. If you don't trust the statement, I suggest you contact a lawyer to have a legal advise, make your decision and live with the consequences.

If you are wondering why the OCA made this statement, it's because Odoo SA and the OCA decided to protect the user. If we didn't have this agreement, what would happen? User would have to finance the redevelopment of OCA features under another compatible license. 3 scenario here:
  1. User does pay and we end up with a competition to our module. We lose potential contributions.
  2. User don't pay and switch to another software. We lose a user.
  3. User lives without the feature. We get a frustrated user who may switch to another software. We lose a user.
No user. No ecosystem. We produce software to be used. Not to sit on Github.

I understand some integrators/partners don't like this agreement, because it wasn't done in their short-term interests. Some may see the redevelopment of OCA modules as a business opportunity. Well, the OCA decided to stand in the interest of its users who allows us to live on a daily basis and we believe this agreement does not harm the balance and long-term liveliness of the ecosystem and still provides fair opportunities to every actors in it.

Long live OCA! Long live Odoo!

Maxime Chambreuil
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