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License of SailfishOS for commercial distribution

I have inconsistant or at least inconsistant information about the licsense of SailfishOS. It's clear, that SailfishOS is based on Open Source with different open source licenses like MIT, GPL or LGPL. It's also clear that Jolla's official SailfoshOS includes propretiary, commercial additions like Alvin Dalvik, that is licensed by Jolla itself. Official partner can benefit from this bundle in a partner program.

But what's about SailfishOS without the mentiones additions but with the components, which goes beyond the pure Mer project, namely the UI layer and standard apps, which are developed by Jolla? They have likely the exclusive use of right, if no other explicit license is published. Unfortunately I can't find a license in projects of the mer core Git repository like Lipstick, for example. This is different to popular projects in Github, which include a license document.

The license an important question for commercial products using SailfishOS because of the risk and its impact of any vialation of intellectial property. It even starts with the name of the operation system itself. Its a registered european trademark of Jolla, of course. Further more Jolla has applied for several international patents. This makes the legal evaluation even more complicated.

The fact, that Jolla offers developer tools for plattform development and community ports, is not relevant. Of course Jolla wants to motivate the community to contribute to their operation system and companies to deveop ports. But if it comes to commercial products, it may need a special license and contract. I currently don't think that commercial ports without a contract with Jolla are possible.

My company has contact to an experienced patent attorny firm for software and another law office specialized on open source, but a legal report will be expensive. Maybe there are further community members, who are interested to share the cost in that legal report to evaluate this realy great product for commercial use.

SailfishIOS is really different to iOS and Android. It has a great cutting edge user experiencae and it is compared to ohter linux alternatives mature enough for a commercial product. But clearity about the legal situation is a presuppositon of any invest in product development based on SailfishOS.

I have already asked Jolla, but its difficult to get response. I assume the reason is, that they are focussed on leading players of regional markets.

License of SailfishOS for commercial distribution

I have inconsistant inconsistent or at least inconsistant inconsistent information about the licsense license of SailfishOS. It's clear, that SailfishOS is based on Open Source with different open source licenses like MIT, GPL or LGPL. It's also clear that Jolla's official SailfoshOS includes propretiary, proprietary, commercial additions like Alvin Alien Dalvik, that is licensed by Jolla itself. Official partner can benefit from this bundle in a partner program.

But what's about SailfishOS without the mentiones mentioned additions but with the components, which goes beyond the pure Mer project, namely the UI layer and standard apps, which are developed by Jolla? They have likely the exclusive use of right, if no other explicit license is published. Unfortunately Unfortunately, I can't find a license in projects of the mer core Git repository like Lipstick, for example. This is different to popular projects in Github, which include a license document.

The license an important question for commercial products using SailfishOS because of the risk and its impact of on any vialation of intellectial violation of intellectual property. It even starts with the name of the operation operating system itself. Its a registered european European trademark of Jolla, of course. Further more Furthermore, Jolla has applied for several international patents. This makes the legal evaluation even more complicated.

The fact, that Jolla offers developer tools for plattform platform development and community ports, is not relevant. Of course course, Jolla wants to motivate the community to contribute to their operation operating system and companies to deveop develop ports. But if it comes to commercial products, it may need a special license and contract. I currently don't think that commercial ports without a contract with Jolla are possible.

My company has contact to with an experienced patent attorny attorney firm for software and another law office specialized on open source, but a legal report will be expensive. Maybe there are further community members, who are interested to share the cost in that legal report to evaluate this realy really great product for commercial use.

SailfishIOS is really different to iOS and Android. It has a great cutting edge user experiencae experience and it is compared to ohter linux other Linux alternatives mature enough for a commercial product. But clearity clarity about the legal situation is a presuppositon presupposition of any invest investment in product development based on SailfishOS.

I have already asked Jolla, but its it's difficult to get a response. I assume the reason is, that they are focussed on leading players of regional markets.

License of SailfishOS for commercial distribution

I have inconsistent or at least inconsistent information about the license of SailfishOS. It's clear, that SailfishOS is based on Open Source with different open source licenses like MIT, GPL or LGPL. It's also clear that Jolla's official SailfoshOS includes proprietary, commercial additions like Alien Dalvik, that is licensed by Jolla itself. Official partner can benefit from this bundle in a partner program.

But what's about SailfishOS without the mentioned additions but with the components, which goes beyond the pure Mer project, namely the UI layer and standard apps, which are developed by Jolla? They have likely the exclusive use of right, if no other explicit license is published. Unfortunately, I can't find a license in projects of the mer core Git repository like Lipstick, for example. This is different to popular projects in Github, which include a license document.

The license an important question for commercial products using SailfishOS because of the risk and its impact on any violation of intellectual property. It even starts with the name of the operating system itself. Its a registered European trademark of Jolla, of course. Furthermore, Jolla has applied for several international patents. This makes the legal evaluation even more complicated.

The fact, that Jolla offers developer tools for platform development and community ports, is not relevant. Of course, Jolla wants to motivate the community to contribute to their operating system and companies to develop ports. But if it comes to commercial products, it may need a special license and contract. I currently don't think that commercial ports without a contract with Jolla are possible.

My company has contact with an experienced patent attorney firm for software and another law office specialized on open source, but a legal report will be expensive. Maybe there are further community members, who are interested to share the cost in that legal report to evaluate this really great product for commercial use.

SailfishIOS is really different to iOS and Android. It has a great cutting edge user experience and it is compared to other Linux alternatives mature enough for a commercial product. But clarity about the legal situation is a presupposition of any investment in product development based on SailfishOS.

I have already asked Jolla, but it's difficult to get a response. I assume the reason is, that they are focussed on leading players of regional markets.