For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Aug 22 01:39:49 UTC 2007

Michael R. Bernstein scripsit:

> This ignores the role of the word 'only'. This means that MS-PL is
> incompatible with every other license, even the BSD license. That's a
> bit different than being incompatible with some other licenses due to
> conflicting requirements.

However, it is still possible to use MS-PL files in a source arcchive
or in a binary built from that archive, since the MS-PL file remains
under the MS-PL.  The other files cannot be under the GPLv2 thanks
to the incompatibility, unless the GPLv2 author has waived the
incompatibility either explicitly or by providing for relicensing.

John Cowan  cowan at
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on having their Miranda rights read to them, just like perps in American TV
cop shows.  When it's explained to them that they are in a different country,
where those rights do not exist, they become outraged.  --Neal Stephenson

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