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'Intel License Agreement' intentional?

asked 2014-01-20 09:01:56 -0500

Having downloaded OpenCV for Linux, I have found mention of the 'Intel License Agreement' in many of the source files. Is this intended?

The OpenCV home page describes OpenCV as being released under a BSD license. Assuming this to be true, there is surely no need to make mention of a non-standard license such as the 'Intel License Agreement'.

If I run this from the main OpenCV directory, I find countless results:

find . -type f -exec grep -l "Intel License Agreement" {} \;

but some files, such as modules/superres/src/frame_source.cpp , make no mention of the Intel License Agreement.

If this is not intended, I shall file a bug-report.

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Actually I have been asked to place it into all my new files I have submitted ... But basically the header states that the functions are created by Intel funding but the complete library has a BSD license which means you can use it for commercial stuff.

StevenPuttemans gravatar imageStevenPuttemans ( 2014-01-20 09:14:35 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your response.

This situation strikes me as needlessly confusing.

As far as I can tell, this 'Intel License Agreement' doesn't actually exist - OpenCV is simply released under the BSD license.

I'm not working for a company with nervous lawyers, but if I were, I'm sure this kind of thing (hinting at non-standard licenses) wouldn't help matters regarding adopting OpenCV.

MaxBarraclough gravatar imageMaxBarraclough ( 2014-01-21 11:14:39 -0500 )edit

I do agree to that. Might not be a bad idea to file a bug report. Than it can be cleared out what there should be exactly.

StevenPuttemans gravatar imageStevenPuttemans ( 2014-01-21 11:55:24 -0500 )edit

Thanks again. I've filed a bug-report, at

MaxBarraclough gravatar imageMaxBarraclough ( 2014-01-22 06:13:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-01-22 12:23:09 -0500

Andrey Pavlenko gravatar image

By 3.0 release we plan to keep a single license text as the 'opencv/LICENSE' (3-clause BSD) file and just reference it in every source file. The work is just started:

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Another question solved! Great :)

StevenPuttemans gravatar imageStevenPuttemans ( 2014-01-23 02:55:57 -0500 )edit

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