[Libwebsockets] If is it possible to change the licence from LGPL to BSD or MIT?

Gregory Junker ggjunker at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 09:14:08 CET 2013

The problem with LGPL usually comes up with commercial game distribution,
often on consoles but more often now on handheld devices. It might be
possible to distribute a game with shared objects, but usually games prefer
to be statically-linked to limit hacking opportunities. Ogre3D, as an
example, used to be LGPL until users expressed interest in using it in
console games and other statically-linked applications, and the project
founder changed it a couple of releases ago to MIT.

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM, "Andy Green (林安廸)" <andy at warmcat.com>wrote:

> On 06/02/13 01:30, the mail apparently from Peter Young(杨世玲) included:
>  Hello Andy,
>>         I'm working on integrate libwebsockets to cocos2d-x.
>>         Cocos2d-x is a cross-platform game engine, can write game for
>> ios, android, blackberry, etc.   The are many popular games based on
>> cocos2d-x. official site: http://cocos2d-x.org
>>         cocos2d-x is under MIT license. so, there will be a license issue
>> if a game using libwebsockets and the  developer wants to keep there codes
>> close source.
>>         If is it possible to change the licence from LGPL to BSD or MIT?
> I think LGPL is pretty liberal, and the git history shows a good level of
> contribution coming back.
> Originally and without much thought, libwebsockets was actually GPL2,
> simply because I do Linux kernel work and that was my default.
> However it was pointed out that's not really a fair choice for libraries,
> and it's true I don't want to force people to license the rest of their
> stuff liberally if they don't want to.  So I changed it a long while back
> to LGPL.
> Can you explain what the license problem is with cocos2d-x?  Presumably if
> it's dynamically linked, there should be no problem including LGPL sources
> in a project that is otherwise MIT.  If it's statically linked, that can be
> a problem.
> If you consider a distro like Fedora or whatever, it's made up of all
> kinds of licensed sources you can freely download the same although
> redistribution rules differ part by part.  In itself, so long as it's
> clearly stated, it doesn't make trouble AFAIK.
> -Andy
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