Integrate license information and management
Currently TYPO3 Extensions don't have any information of the license used. This part gets very interesting when the extension acts as a wrapper for third party software (e.g. for phpMyAdmin). Other libraries have a non-commercial (free) and commercial (pay a fee once) license.
License conflicts and notes shall be displayed in a dialog popup and maybe confirmed by the administrator. The ext_emconf.php gets extended by "license" and "licenseNote" properties.
(issue imported from #M9451)
Updated by Oliver Hader over 12 years ago
It's not about the regular and only TYPO3 extensions - but more about third party libraries.
Imagine an extension that builds a wrapper for HighslideJS. HighslideJS comes with a non-commercial and commercial license. There shall be a notification dialoag to the administrator which is installing that extension about the license.
It's like installing OpenOffice with the requirement to accept the license - otherwise you cannot install the software package. Of course this applies only to special situations like e.g. for HighslideJS.
Updated by Marcus Krause over 12 years ago
In general it seems that license stuff is not treated as important as it should be. Every ext author copies the usual phpDoc header without thinking about it. I like the idea of the additional license config; I then expect that authors make a conscious decision for the license and consider third party licenses.
I'm not sure what will happen if TER hosts an extension that breaches a license (of a possibly embedded third party tool). TYPO3/ Association would be the first place a lawer would contact!!
Updated by Benni Mack over 1 year ago
- Status changed from Accepted to Needs Feedback
Building functionality to find out which license is used built into a web CMS seems not to be feasable. Especially with composer and "dependencies of dependencies" bundled with NPM/PHP variations that can be put into an extension sounds like a fully separate tool.
Although that I consider this topic important, I'd rather see this built as a "service" (e.g. on extensions.typo3.org) shipping over a list of things via API to be checked remotely. @Olly would that be sufficient for you?
I know that packagist.com offers services as such, and this is really hard to do. I don't see this to be doable by our team within the near to mid future.
Updated by Susanne Moog over 1 year ago
I'd recommend using composer based installations and the functionality composer nowadays provide for this purpose: "composer licenses".
The sophisticated solution for things like this is a combination of composer and something like https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/user/compliance/license_compliance/
I'd say let's close this issue.