Amazon Creates ALv2-Licensed Fork of Elasticsearch

Elastic recently announced a change in the licensing model of both Elasticsearch and Kibana from the open source Apache v2 license to Server Side Public License (SSPL)

As VM Brasseur writes, “if your organization uses the open source versions of either Elasticsearch or Kibana in its products or projects, it is now at risk of being forced to release its intellectual property under terms dictated by another. If you’re not yet aware of the SSPL, you can catch up here.” 

In response to this change, Amazon has announced that “AWS will step up to create and maintain a ALv2-licensed fork of open source Elasticsearch and Kibana “to ensure open source versions of both packages remain available and well supported.”

Amazon states that their forks of Elasticsearch and Kibana will be based on the latest ALv2-licensed codebases, version 7.10. “We will publish new GitHub repositories in the next few weeks. In time, both will be included in the existing Open Distro distributions, replacing the ALv2 builds provided by Elastic. We’re in this for the long haul, and will work in a way that fosters healthy and sustainable open source practices—including implementing shared project governance with a community of contributors,” the announcement says.