For Approval: MindTree Public License

Shahnawaz Khan shahnawaz_khan at
Mon Oct 10 06:35:15 UTC 2005

I am providing more details as required by members on this mailing list.
1. I have renamed the abbreviation of "MindTree Public License" to MTPL
instead of MPL. This is to avoid confusion with Mozilla Public License.
2. To the best of my knowledge and understanding there is no OSI approved
license that is exactly similar to the proposed MindTree Public License. We
want to release our software for use in public domain through open source but
would like the freedom to alternatively license it commercially if required.
This is similar to the way MySQL, TrollTech and other similar organizations
release software in both Open Source and also have the freedom to license it
3. The proposed "MindTree Public License" is a copy left license -- to my
understanding as much as GPL. MTPL provides users of software released within
MTPL the freedom to  redistribute and change MTPL software.
4. MTPL asks for copy right assignment back to MindTree for contributions as
is in GPL.
5. MTPL mandates that users of MTPL software can't patent
software/modifications released under MTPL.
6. MTPL is not compatible with GPL when a combined work consisting of
GPL/MTPL is redistributed.

From: Shahnawaz Khan 
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:24 AM
To: 'license-discuss at'
Subject: For Approval: MindTree Public License

There is no OSI certified license that is similar to proposed MindTree Public
License. We want to distribute MindTree IP in OpenSource under our own Open
Source compliant license. This license will be specific to IP developed by
Software distributed under MindTree Public License can be used with other OSI
certified licenses. Derivative works for software released under MindTree
Public License would need to be released under MindTree Public License. 
MindTree Public License is attached with this email.
Shahnawaz Khan
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