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OpenCV licensing - which BSD license does it fall under?

asked 2012-09-20 11:26:23 -0500

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I have been trying to determine which BSD license OpenCV falls under. All of my searching has turned up something like the following:

OpenCV is released under a BSD license and hence it’s free for both academic and commercial use.

After looking up the definition of a BSD license, I found that there were several:

  1. the original BSD license (4 clause license)
  2. the New BSD License/Modified BSD License (3 clause) - verified GPL-compatible free software licenses
  3. the Simplified BSD License/FreeBSD License (2 clause) - verified GPL-compatible free software licenses

I would really like to get back to the technical aspects of using OpenCV, but I have been asked a bout licensing issues.

If anyone has any information on which type of license OpenCV falls under I would really appreciate it if you could share that with me.


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answered 2012-09-21 08:35:20 -0500

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I see the license agreement in //OpenCV2.4/install/doc/license.txt that pretty much lays it all down. I am sure the legal types can interpret it better than me but all it requires is to retain the copyright notice. Of course, there are some parts of OpenCV that are free for academic use but not so for commercial (for example, SURF).

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Thanks. This is just what I was looking for.

vagrant4ever gravatar imagevagrant4ever ( 2012-09-21 11:25:07 -0500 )edit

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