apache license 2.0 for consideration
Mahesh T. Pai
paivakil at yahoo.co.in
Tue Feb 17 14:33:27 UTC 2004
Russell Nelson said on Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 05:12:21PM -0500,:
> If nobody else reviews this license, then the license approval
> comply with the OSD (cough, cough). But still, could somebody else
> take a gander at this?
This license was discussed on licenses at apache.org, and I had seen
quite a few regulars on this and debian-legal there; and in one mail,
Eben Moglen of FSF wrote:-
FSF notes that section 5 is the only element of ASL 2.0 that is
incompatible with version 2 of the GNU General Public License.
FSF continues to believe that the achievement of compatibility
between ASL and GPL would be of enormous benefit to the community
of free software developers, allowing merger of valuable code
bases currently separated by license incompatibilities. FSF is
pleased to note the convergence implied by the ASL 2.0 draft. FSF
will make efforts, in the development, discussion, and adoption of
GPL 3 to further the process of convergence, by carefully
considering the Apache Foundation's approach to the patent defense
problem. For this reason, we consider the distinction between the
approaches contained in the first and second sentences of section
5 to be particularly significant.
Sec. 5 referred to by Prof. Moglen was Sec 5 of the original draft as
proposed by the Apache Foundation. This seems to have been renumbered
as section 3 in the final license.
Finally, on January 24th, Roy Fielding of the Apache Foundation stated
on the same list:-
They(*) are compatible. Whether or not they are considered
compatible by the FSF is an opinion only they can make, but given
that a derivative work consisting of both Apache Licensed code and
GPL code can be distributed under the GPL (according to *our*
opinion), there really isn't anything to be discussed.
Guess that settles the matter.
I am not on a `always on' network, so cannot search out the archives
of license at apache.org for exact links to the above messages; the
messages are archived by me though.
(*) The ASL and GNU GPL.
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,
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