What license does the linux spotify client use?

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Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

nikreiman
Spotify Legend

Disclaimer: I work at Spotify

 

At the moment, Spotify doesn't have a specific license agreement for the client software. However, the end-user agreement applies to the client software as well:

 

http://www.spotify.com/se/legal/end-user-agreement/

 

According to my colleagues in the legal team, until we have a more specific set of licensing terms for the desktop software, it's best to assume that the license is for personal use, non-modifiable and non-redistributable.

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

leamas
Community Legend

Sad, indeed. This means that this package can't go into rpmfusion (and probably no other Linux distro). I will withdraw my review request.

 

I note that there's no indication on that more elaborated license terms for the Linux  client are under way. Together with the time required to get this simple message, I guess such terms are not here shortly.

 

Bottom line : a sad message: For Fedora users, for all other non-Ubuntu Linux users and for Spotify sales dept. And, not the least, for the excellent devs who have created this package.

 

 

 

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

prometheanfire
Music Fan

From what I've been told in irc, this is being worked on.  Until then, use gentoo :P

Nothing is stopping you from creating a Spotify installer...

hēnk
Roadie
Nothing is stopping you from creating a Spotify installer (like the ones for corefonts and flash).

Re: Nothing is stopping you from creating a Spotify installer...

leamas
Community Legend

Certainly not. However,  I feel that the value of such an installer is limited. I will update the descriptions here in my post on how to roll your own RPM from the spec file. Besides that, I'll wait until the license becomes usable.

 

EDIT: fixing link

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

leamas
Community Legend

Thinking loud about the re-distribution issue: If re-distribution is a problem (although I don't really see why):  couldn't Spotify create some simple infrastructure for community-driven packaging for different distros, keeping some control over what goes away? After all, most distros will not accept a prebuilt binary package in their repos anyway.

 

Normally liability could be a problem but it should be possible to handle with some proper disclaimers, I guess. After  all, the complete Linux client is just a demo -  Spotify as organization takes to responsibility for this "thing" which isn't a product, just a piece if fine work from some developers.

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

Dexter1979
Newbie

I have been watching this thread and decided to comment. I would like to create a repo for openSUSE and was wondering the excact same thing. There are wonderful people who have made a script to convert the official deb into a RPM without alterations and I would like to add this RPM and all requirements to a repo to be used for openSUSE.

 

Or Spotify could do the same as Skype and Google did and just make a RPM available and safe us all the bother!

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

Rorey
Spotify Legend

We don't allow repackaging and hosting of the Linux application. Yet we understand that Linux enthusiasts would like to be granted permission to repackage the client for the purposes of the hobbyist. So I wanted to let you know that repackaging of the client without hosting it for others is ok. Under these conditions, Linux hobbyists won't be hunted down by a pack of Spotify wolves. However, we will be inclined to remove links to any repackaged apks on the Spotify Community. I hope this clears things up.

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

leamas
Community Legend

OK, about to make an installer which downloads and builds a rpm file locally which should be OK under these conditions. Normally, there would be a LICENSE file or so explaining the license conditions. SInce there isn't, I will use the following text:

The spotify linux client license conditions are explained in [1]. These 
includes:
   - This package is made by some spotify employees on their spare time.
     It is deliverad on a as-is basis and without any support.
   - You may not re-distribute the package

Besides these linux specific restrictions, all use of the spotify streaming 
service is governed by [2]

[1] http://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Mac-and/What-license-does-the-linux-spotify-clien...

[2] http://www.spotify.com/se/legal/end-user-agreement/

 

Re: What license does the linux spotify client use?

leamas
Community Legend

The previous message was an implicit question. To be more explicit:

 

Basically I have understood that while hosting rpm packages for non-debian distributions is prohibited it's OK to build a rpm for personal use from the debian packages and/or the distribution tarballs..

 

I have now submitted a review request [3]  for a Fedora package which does not contain anything from the spotify linux client. However, the package is capable of downloading and building a rpm package to be used on the local system. Basically, this means that Fedora would distribute an automated way to do the same thing as the manual procedure described in  [2] and in existing archlinux and suse packages [4], [5].

 

Note that the proposed packaging [3] forces user to accept the terms of use (provisionary as described above) to build a personal rpm.

 

As can be seen in the review request [3], I will not be able to do this without a clear statement from a Spotify  representative that it's OK  for Fedora to distribute such a recipe. Which boils down to a simple question: would it be OK for Fedora (and others) to distribute an automatic way to download and build a rpm for personal use using the debian packages and/or the generic tarball?

 

--alec

 

[1] http://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Mac-and/What-license-does-the-linux-spotify-clien...

[2] http://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Mac-and/Linux-Fedora-RPM-package-for-F17-F18/m-p/...

[3] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=973069

[4] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/spotify/

[5] http://pkgs.org/opensuse-12.3/packman-i586/spotify-installer-0.8.8.323.gd143501.250-5.1.noarch.rpm.h... (needs an update)

 

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