Apache vs. BSD licenses
philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk
Tue Mar 20 18:54:54 UTC 2001
On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> Stallman has indicated to me that clause 4 ("Apache" may not be used to
> endorse) will be compatible with the GPL v3,
That's a good change.
> but clause 5 ("Apache" may
> not appear in the product name) will not.
That isn't good, and is IMO puzzling. Putting "Apache" in a product's name
could be done in order to use the Apache developers' reputation and
good name to endorse (indirectly) the product.
> I think this is unfortunate, as
> in a digital environment, your good name is your only asset, and
> protecting it shouldn't be hard. I don't see asking someone to choose a
> different name for a derivative work as not qualifying as "free" as the
> FSF defines it.
It would be nice if there was a license like the GPL, but compatible
with all open source / free software licenses. I have suggested this
to RMS; he replied that legal difficulties prevented this.
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