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MPF license: illegal or not????? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have serious difficulties with recent changes in MPF.
    Most of all, I even could not understand new licence of  MPF.
    So, I would like to ask whether following use cases that we possibly do would be appropriate under the new project licence:

    1. Compile Microsoft.VisualStudio.Project.dll and distribute it with my application

    2. Modify Microsoft.VisualStudio.Project codes and compile/distribute it as part of my application

    3. Copy source codes of Microsoft.VisualStudio.Project files to my project and change namespaces, class names and codes to support my business logic. Compile and distribute it as part of my application

    4. Use SDK1.0 and import old VSSDK 1.0 Microsoft.VisualStudio.Package codes to my codes. Compile and distribute it as part of my application
    (Related question: In this case... Microsoft garantees warrenty of Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pakcage codes????)

    I've requested company legal team to check Microsoft license guideline but it would be very appreciated if Microsoft VSX team provides comments for above four use cases.
    Thanks...

    Monday, August 25, 2008 6:37 AM

Answers

  • Indeed, the intention is for folks to begin consuming the MPF Project sources from the recently setup up project on Codeplex. As for specific answers to your licensing questions, unfortunately, we cannot comment on the EULA or other licensing matters.

    As far as how you consume them....the project home page has been updated with instructions clarifying the indented consumption model.

    Thanks,
    AaronM


    http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronmar
    Friday, August 29, 2008 5:06 PM

All replies

  • Nice to hear as well.
    Dmitry [dimaka] Pavlov
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 7:31 PM
  • Hi,

    I recently found the MPF for VS 2008 Projects on CodePlex under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL), which is a valid open source license.

    http://www.codeplex.com/mpfproj

    Don't know if that's what you're referring to, but it's interesting nonetheless :)

    - Dave
    http://davesexton.com/blog
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:06 PM
  • Indeed, the intention is for folks to begin consuming the MPF Project sources from the recently setup up project on Codeplex. As for specific answers to your licensing questions, unfortunately, we cannot comment on the EULA or other licensing matters.

    As far as how you consume them....the project home page has been updated with instructions clarifying the indented consumption model.

    Thanks,
    AaronM


    http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronmar
    Friday, August 29, 2008 5:06 PM
  • One further point.

    The code on the codeplex site is under the terms of the Microsoft Public License, as described on the site.
    Code from the Visual Studio SDK comes under the terms of the EULA for that particular version of the SDK.

    As Aaron says, we unfortunately can't help you interpret license agreements.  You're doing the exact right thing by having your legal team examine the respective licenses and do that interpretation.

    Gareth Jones - Architect - DSL Tools & Visual Studio eXtensibility [MSFT]
    Friday, August 29, 2008 10:57 PM