Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence) Questions

Bruce Perens bruce at
Mon Mar 17 21:47:31 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson wrote:
> The automatic binding is even more problematic than anybody has said.
> It's the license *steward* who is issuing the new license version.  So
> a licensor may be licensing their software under the EUPL, only to
> find that their users have a new set of rights that the licensor never
> intended them to have.
Good point. The EUPL as it currently stands could be used, like the GPL, 
to generate revenue from those who do not wish to be bound to the 
copyleft provision. Those folks can buy a commercial license instead. 
But the current license would allow the EU to make the reason for buying 
a commercial license disappear at any time.

Although this is unattractive, I am not yet clear what part of the OSD 
prohibits it.



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