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TinyTM Licensing

We have carefully weighted the reasons for choosing the licensing:

Why LGPL V2.1 for the Protocol?

The decision for "LGPL V2.1 or higher" for the protocol code has been taken in order to allow closed-source applications to integrate with TinyTM backends.

This option may provide an opportunity for smaller TM vendors to take advantage of the TinyTM dynamics. We believe that the availability of commercial grade TM clients could accelerate the acceptance of TinyTM in environments such as large LSPs and international organizations.

Why "GPL V2.0 or higher" for the TinyTM Code?

We have considered the following options for the licensing of TinyTM code:

FOLT members have expressed their preference for a "Mozilla" style open-source license in conversations. However, we believe that the LGPLed "protocol" code already meets the main FOLT goal to allow commercial vendors to integrate with TinyTM.

The choice of "GPL V2.0 or higher" means that the code is licensed both under GPL V2.0 and GPL V3.0. This way, we can guarantee a GPLed "leveled playing field" for all participants (encourage industry collaboration) and we maintain the option to move to GPL V3.0 if the project should encounter serious patent threats (please see below).

Legal Threats to TinyTM

A successful TinyTM project will pose a threat to several companies in the translation industry who offer both software and translation serivices. Not only would these companies loose revenues from their technology, they would also loose a large part of their service revenues once their customers become freed from the lock-in created by their proprietary technology.

These companies won't wait and see until their market share erodes. So the TinyTM as organizations should take precautions to deal to possible legal threats:

Strategies Against Legal threats

The main target for patent infringements is probably the TinyTM server because TinyTM employees several advanced algorithms for indexing and fuzzy searching.

To Do: Please check Google Patents Search (http://www.google.com/patents?q=translation-memory&btnG=Search+Patents) to identify any possible patents violated.