[open-science] Announcing the open source release of scholarly publishing platform, sci.pe

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Fri Jul 12 21:32:16 UTC 2019

Sorry, I read this message too late.

Tiffany Bogich, 13/07/19 00:19:
> Our intent is to have the source code under the AGPL3 license and sell 
> exceptions in the spirit of 
> https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling-exceptions.en.html

That would mean the opposite of open core. "Selling exceptions" just 
means that you are ready to give private licenses (in return for 
something) for all the rights you have not yet given away with your 
public license. It's not dual licensing and you don't need to write it 
in your licensing statement because it's your right by default and the 
AGPLv3 doesn't contradict it.

So, please add a normal COPYING or LICENSE file with the AGPLv3 and 
remove that unclear sentence from the README, then you'll be fine.

The one thing you need, to be able to sell exceptions, is to actually 
own (full) copyright on the code beyond what the AGPLv3 grants. For 
that, you'll need a contributor agreement so that contributors other 
than your employers assign copyright to your company (whether they'll 
like that is another question). Some examples are available at


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