Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 15:50 UTC, submitted by Geoff Floding
Qt Since the web has a tendency to overstate things: no, Nokia is not selling Qt. Today, Nokia announced that Digia will acquire the Qt Commercial software licensing and professional services business from Nokia. So I repeat: Nokia is not selling Qt.
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Worried
by sorpigal on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:24 UTC
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

The agreement Trolltech and now Nokia have with KDE is that if the "free" edition of Qt stops being released, or if a significant release of Qt occurs without a corresponding free edition release, KDE and everyone else is granted the rights to immediately fork Qt under very permissive terms.

Since Nokia is not "selling" Qt, thus not transferring the copyrights, does this agreement have any effect? Since Digia can license proprietary versions of Qt, what's to stop them from (effectively) forking Qt and adding non-Free enhancements, then licensing those as well? I don't know, maybe there's something, but it looks to me like they could do it.

For your reference here's the agreement in full.

http://www.kde.org/community/whatiskde/kdefreeqtfoundation.php

Pages 3-5 are the meat of it.

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RE: Worried
by Nth_Man on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:40 in reply to "Worried"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

> Since Nokia is not "selling" Qt, thus not
> transferring the copyrights, does this agreement
> have any effect?

Nokia signed the contract, and that binds Nokia. Even if they say "our old CEO has changed his mind" or "heeey, our new CEO doesn't like it" or "it doesn't interest us" or "the support is done by another company" or "the development is done by another company".

If Nokia gets bought by another company, I suspect that the buyer would get "the good and the bad" from Nokia, with those restrictions included, but in this particular case of "getting bought" I am not 100% sure.

Edited 2011-03-07 17:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Worried
by sorpigal on Mon 7th Mar 2011 19:36 in reply to "RE: Worried"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

<quote>Nokia signed the contract, and that binds Nokia.</quote>
The contract mentions transfer of copyright, which did not happen here. That's why I ask. If Nokia were bought the copyright would transfer, here it didn't.

What if the actual development work is done by another company? Are they still bound?

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RE: Worried
by Praxis on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:45 in reply to "Worried"
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2009-09-17

The contract still holds, if it was that easy to get out of a contract they would be useless. The new owners can't do anything that Nokia couldn't do.

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