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ownmodules backup apps legal?

Postby ibot- » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:29 pm

I stumbled across http://www.ownmodules.com/ custom and commercial owncloud plugins which are also listed on https://apps.owncloud.com
In the FAQ there is

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Can I write closed source or proprietary apps for ownCloud Server?

Yes, but following the requirements of the under the AGPLv3, these can be distributed or made available to users outside of your household or organization only under the ownCloud Enterprise Edition, which supports integration with proprietary technologies. Contact ownCloud, Inc. for details.


https://owncloud.org/faq/#closedapps

As i understand it the code has to be released under AGPLv3 too _or_ this apps need to be done under owncloud enterprise license.

I like the idea of having also commercial apps but is it legal?

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Re: ownmodules backup apps legal?

Postby RealRancor » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:42 pm

Hi,

i think most people in here are not familiar with that licensing stuff. However a few days ago a discussion about such proprietary apps have been started here:

https://github.com/owncloud/appstore-issues/issues/49

Maybe some info will be posted there.
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Re: ownmodules backup apps legal?

Postby poVoq » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:50 am

Legal or not, it is also a security issue.

Besides the fact that bugs can not be easily fixed by others, experience from other similar web-platforms show that many of these proprietary apps rarely get updated, and once abandoned by the original creator can not be forked to be compatible with updated versions. Thus it often forces admins to stay at a certain version of the platform, which is often an outdated one with many security flaws.

Thus I would suggest that the official app system from Owncloud only allows freely licensed apps. Proprietary apps can still be installed manually, and freely licensed apps can still be commercial under the right circumstances.

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Re: ownmodules backup apps legal?

Postby RealRancor » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:26 am

Hi,

please discuss such topics directly with the developers:

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=23696
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