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Is AllPeers free software?

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ariadacapo's picture
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Hi,

I've discovered the AllPeers service recently. It looks like a really neat idea - sharing personal files with friends through a Firefox extension.

I went on to install it but was then struck by the License agreement that came up.

AllPeers EULA wrote:

AllPeers grants you a non-exclusive license for a non-commercial use of the software and accompanying materials including any documentation in accordance with the scope of grant.

[...]

You may not: [...]

- Translate, modify, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or create derivative works based upon AllPeers, except to the extent applicable laws prohibit this restriction.

Since this looks very much like a proprietary software license, I can't help but wonder why the Wikipedia article on AllPeers says it's tri-licensed (MPL, GPL, LGPL).

Have I interpreted something wrong? Does this EULA (only shown in a local file during install) cover only a service, or something else?

Thanks for any hint. All the while I'm not clicking the "accept" button, however attractive the concept looks.

Olivier.

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That's strange. I just

That's strange. I just installed it myself and didn't get any message although it failed to load after I restarted firefox, probably because I'm running a 64bit version of firefox which they say is not supported.

I looked into the allpeers folder in ~/.mozilla and found two license files there under .../allpeers/licenses/ of which one refers to StorageInspector licensed under one of these three licenses (MPL, GPL and LGPL) and other to FreeImage under Freeimage Public License which seems to be a Free Software license.

I didn't see any other license files there so if I didn't know about you getting that EULA I would have thought allpeers is Free Software (trusting wikipedia and these couple of files). Now I just see a confusion.

I guess it'd be good to contact allpeers devs for clarification.

ariadacapo's picture
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The request to sign the

The request to sign the EULA comes once the extension is installed, when you click on the AllPeers button. The license seems to be located at: chrome://allpeers/content/peer/apRegistration0.xhtml

I just asked for clarification in the AllPeers forum. We shall see.

ariadacapo's picture
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We'll have an answer next

We'll have an answer next week but so far it looks encouraging.

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Oh, so EULA might be

Oh, so EULA might be outdated. That's great to hear. Smiling

I'd say it's probably a safe bet that it is Free Software then.

Cheers

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