Licensing your contributionsΒΆ

If you want a patch to be considered for inclusion in Xapian, you must own the copyright on your changes. Employers often claim copyright on code written by their employees (even if the code is written in their spare time), so please check with your employer if this applies. Be aware that even if you are a student your university may try and claim some rights on code which you write.

Patches which are submitted to Xapian will only be included if the copyright holder(s) dual-license them under each of the following licences:

  • GPL version 2 and all later versions (see the file COPYING in xapian-core for details).
  • MIT/X license:

Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

The current distribution of Xapian contains many files which are only licensed under the GPL, but we are working towards being able to distribute Xapian under a more permissive license, and are not willing to accept patches which we will have to rewrite before this can happen.