Frequently Asked Questions
2. License issue
2.1. What kind of licenses exist for ViSP?
2.2. What are the differences between the Commercial and the GNU GPL licenses of ViSP?
2.3. I don’t want to give away my source code. What do I do?
Inria is a French national research institution focusing on computer science, control theory and applied mathematics.
Inria is a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment (EPST) under the double supervision of the French Ministry of National Education, Advanced Instruction and Research and the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.
Lagadic was a Project-Team located at Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique between 2004 and 2017. Lagadic research work was concerned with visual servoing, visual tracking, robotics, computer vision, and augmented reality. Lagadic was headed by François Chaumette.
The first ViSP open-source release was proposed to the community in October 2005 by Lagatic team members; Fabien Spindler, Eric Marchand and François Chaumette.
Rainbow is a joint Project-Team in partnership with Inria, CNRS, University of Rennes 1, and Insa of Rennes located at Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique. Rainbow created in 2018 is the follow-up to Lagadic. Rainbow is headed by Paolo Robuffo-Giordano.
The long-term vision of the Rainbow team is to develop the next generation of sensor-based robots able to navigate and/or interact in complex unstructured environments together with human users.
ViSP is now maintained by Fabien Spindler member of the Rainbow team.
The ViSP software is released under a dual licensing model: the GNU GPL version 2-or-later for developing open source software under the terms of the GPL license, and the ViSP Professional Edition License for the development of proprietary software.
Don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about our licensing model.
2.2. What are the differences between the GNU GPL license and the Professional Edition license of ViSP?
The GNU GPL version 2-or-later license is appropriate for the development of applications where you wish to use ViSP in combination with software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2-or-later or where you are otherwise willing to comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2-or-later.
The ViSP Professional Edition License is the appropriate version to use for the development of proprietary software. This version is for developers who do not want to share the source code with others, or otherwise do not comply with the terms of the GNU GPL version 2-or-later. In other terms, with the Professional Edition License you avoid the licensing restrictions of the GPL. If you are interested by this license, contact email@example.com.
Then you need the ViSP Professional Edition License. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.