License compatibility of MS-PL and MS-CL (Was: (RE: Groklaw's OSI item (was: When will CPAL actually be _used_?))

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Wed Aug 29 03:41:29 UTC 2007

Zac Bowling wrote:
> The GPLv2 effectivly says "only under this license"

True.  When I said only MS-PL had that, I meant among "permissive" licenses.

> because anything used has to be compatible and you can't distribute your app with GPL
> code that prevent others from releasing the entire program under the
> GPL when redistributed later (without the owner of the code who is
> releasing under not adding exceptions to the GPL that allow linking).

I don't know what you mean here.

> There isn't much presidence on the topic yet, but the GPLv3 seems to
> allow mixing with code licensed under any compatible license according
> to its terms and where the other license premits usage with other
> licenses like the GPL.

The GPLv3 still requires that the program as a whole is under GPLv3.

Matt Flaschen

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