[zeromq-dev] zeromq licensing forbidden at my company

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Mon Apr 23 18:01:45 CEST 2012

Hi Aaron,

This is the very first section of the FAQ: http://www.zeromq.org/area:faq

There are no commercial license options, and no BSD license options.
Firms that refuse to use LGPL software are welcome to use other
products or write their own software. I personally would not work for
such firms, period, because it's always a sign of deeper dysfunction.
There are no "issues" with LGPL except that it restricts your ability
to launch patent attacks on LGPL'd technology you use. (Which is one
reason we use that license very deliberately.)


On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM, Aaron Watters <aaron.watters at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I just started a new job where I had hoped to use zeromq
> but I discovered that zeromq is listed on the internal "forbidden"
> list because of issues with LGPL.  There may be political ways
> around this as far as I know, but just to ask...
> Is the choice of LGPL a firm choice or might you folks consider
> a less problematic BSD style license?  Alternatively is there any
> sort of commercial licensing option which the lawyers at my
> new job may be more comfortable with?
> Curious, and thanks in advance
>  -- Aaron Watters
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