OpenStack and MongoDB's AGPL license

You are in for a treat of very complicated legalese:

I would urge you to avoid creating a dependency between Openstack code and any AGPL project, including MongoDB. MongoDB is licensed in a very strange manner that is prone to creating unintended licensing mistakes (a lawyer’s dream). Indeed, MongoDB itself presents Apache licensed drivers – and thus technically, users of those drivers are not impacted by the AGPL terms. MongoDB Inc. is in the unique position to license their drivers this way (although they appear to violate the AGPL license) since MongoDB is not going to sue themselves for their own violation. However, others in the community create MongoDB drivers are licensing those drivers under the Apache and MIT licenses – which does pose a problem.

Original title and link: OpenStack and MongoDB’s AGPL license (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

  • FOSDEM 2013 - AGPLv3 Panel Discussion
  • Bradley Kuhn & Karen Sandler
  • Free as in Freedom

Episode 0x3F: FOSDEM 2013 - AGPLv3 Panel Discussion


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Karen and Bradley listen to and discuss The panel discussion on the GNU Affero General Public License from FOSDEM 2013.

This show was released on Wednesday 17 July 2013; its running time is 01:28:47.

Show Notes

Segment 0 (00:00:38)

Segment 1 (00:04:50)

This is the Panel Discussion: GNU Affero General Public License, version 3 from FOSDEM 2013. The speakers, in the order their voices are heard, are Tom Marble (introduction),Richard Fontana (moderator)Bradley M. KuhnEileen Evans, and Christopher Allan Webber.

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Free as in Freedom is produced by Dan Lynch of

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