For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Tue Aug 21 20:08:38 UTC 2007

Chris Travers wrote:

> Suppose I take BSDL code and include it as whole files into my GPL
> application.  Do those files as distributed in the application cease to
> be under the BSD L? 

No, but they cease to be *only* under BSD.  They key point is that MS-PL
(unlike BSD, MIT, or other traditional permissive licenses) requires you
to distribute MS-PL code "*only* under this [MS-PL] license" [emphasis

Matt Flaschen

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