I went to upload an add-on and looked at the submission help page. There was no information about what kind of license should be attached to extensions that are being uploaded. MoCo does care about this, so they should be explicit here. Supplying pointers to the text would be a good thing also.
How does MoCo care about this? There are no license requirements for add-ons being hosted on AMO, and they indeed run quite the gamut.
If the source is built from scratch, it is the developer's choice which license to use. A choice list of license is a duplicate of bug 330051 - quoting Mike Shaver: "Authors can already put the license terms in the description of their add-on if they choose to"
It would not be helpful to force a licensing choice on add-on authors, and it's not helpful for us to try and hide the significant and long-reaching effects of license choice behind a single checkbox.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 12 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Recently I wanted to install the Total Validator add-on. To achieve this you are supposed to agree with a custom license agreement a part of which I copied below (from https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addons/policy/0/2318/19958). ================ part of license RESTRICTIONS. Except as otherwise expressly permitted in this Agreement, you are not allowed to: (a) modify or create any derivative works of the Software; (b) reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to derive the source code for the Software except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation; (c) manipulate or alter the components that make up this Software in any way; (d) sell, rent, lease, sublicense, or otherwise transfer rights to the Software. ================= I think this is dangerous to allow authors include “no reverse-engineering” clauses. I checked the extension and it is made of non obfuscated JS but what prevents any author to do so? Or to include a binary program? Mozilla products being directly connected to the Internet, I consider this as a major security issue. Unless Mozilla include a firewall in their products to stop unwanted traffic? ;-) I hope such extension (obfuscated or binary) would not be published on AMO when reviewed. I confess I replaced Total Validator with Html Validator! PS: what about most of add-ons that do not claim any license? Defaults to Mozilla license?
Product: addons.mozilla.org → addons.mozilla.org Graveyard
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