FSF list Apache License, Version 2.0 as GPL-incompatible

Dave Hodder dmh at dmh.org.uk
Wed Feb 18 20:04:30 UTC 2004


I note that the Free Software Foundation have updated their licence list 
at <http://www.fsf.org/licenses/license-list.html> as follows:

The Apache Software License, version 2.0

This is a free software license but it is incompatible with the GPL. 
The Apache Software License is incompatible with the GPL because it has 
a specific requirement that is not in the GPL: it has certain patent 
termination cases that the GPL does not require.  (We don't think those 
patent termination cases are inherently a bad idea, but nonetheless they 
are incompatible with the GNU GPL.)

So there you have it from the gnu's mouth, so to speak.  :o(  I very 
much hope GPL version 3 is able to address this by including a 
compatible patent clause.



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