Update for CUA Office Public License

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Thu Feb 19 13:39:41 UTC 2004

Patranun Limudomporn scripsit:

> PS. If you want to compare and know what difference between CPL and MPL,
> just have a look at
> http://cuaoffice.sourceforge.net/productinfo_cpl_diff.htm

Thank you for providing this diff.

What it amounts to is that your CPL *is* the MPL 1.1 with the name changed
and the pointers to Netscape changed to point to you.  While this
procedure is permitted under the MPL, I wish to strongly discourage
you from taking this step, for these reasons:

1) The MPL is well understood by many programmers, who will be able
to tell, simply by seeing that your software is licensed under the MPL,
exactly what they can and cannot do with it without having to read
and understand a new and complex license.

2) The MPL has become widely used outside the Mozilla project, just as
the GPL has become widely used outside Project GNU and the BSD license
has become widely used outside BSD.  Thus, using the MPL does not in
any way suggest that you are using Mozilla code or that there is some
connection between your group and the Mozilla project.

3) It's in everyone's best interest if there are fewer, rather than
more, open source licenses.  It has often been difficult to convince
corporate lawyers of this, hence the proliferation at opensource.org;
nevertheless, standard licenses make for simplicity and uniformity,
which encourage the easy use and reuse of open-source software.

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