License Approval Process

John Cowan jcowan at
Tue Feb 15 19:41:14 UTC 2000

Michael Stutz wrote:

> Is it *possible* for a license to be compatible with another? Offhand
> I can think of just two possibilities for the GPL: the LGPL, and code
> that has no license and is in the public domain.

The "new BSD" and the equivalent MIT license are compatible with the
GPL; the "old BSD" license with the advertising requirement is not.
In general, a license is compatible with the GPL if it imposes the
same, or fewer, restrictions than the GPL.


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