MPL Beta 1 Section 10 is an additional permission, not a restriction

Luis Villa lvilla at
Mon Dec 6 22:38:49 UTC 2010

On 11/23/10 2:21 PM, Lawrence Rosen wrote:

> If, however, the sole purpose of your Section 11 is to *limit* combinations
> of MPL 2 software only to GPL- and/or MPL-licensed Larger Works, you'll have
> to say that more clearly. But then your license won't pass the OSD tests.

Our intent is that Beta 1 Section 10 (was Section 11) is an additional 
permission on top of the base, OSI-compatible file-level copyleft. It 
therefore allows those who believe that GPL and MPL are incompatible to 
use MPL files in a GPL-licensed Larger Work.

If (like Larry) you do not believe that the GPL requires such 
permission, or are using some other copyleft license with a limited 
scope, you don't have to take advantage of Section 10, and can instead 
rely on the permissions granted by 3.3(c)/1.6.

I hope this clarifies this particular issue.


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