For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

Chris Travers chris at
Mon Aug 20 23:57:57 UTC 2007

Chris Fagan wrote:
>  A design goal of the MS-PL is to allow developers to choose to ensure that the specific rights in Section (2) continue to be available to downstream developers and users through generations of adoption and adaptation.
I guess the questions people are asking include:

Does Microsoft see any problems including MS-PL code in applications 
licensed under other arbitrary licenses provided that the license offers 
a subset of  MS-PL rights?  I.e. if the software is distributed in 
source form can sections of code other than those under the MS-PL code 
have any other arbitrary restrictions?  Can a work as a whole include 
restrictions absent from the MS-PL license.  Is this a design goal?

I am phrasing this in a way to leave out the requirement of analyzing 
other licenses (such as the GPL v3).  This way you can leave it up to 
the attourneys whether or not such conflicts exist with specific 
licenses :-).

Best WIshes,
Chris Travers
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