optional removal of Ex. A permissions [was Re: MPL 2 section 11]

Luis Villa lvilla at mozilla.com
Tue Dec 7 02:16:25 UTC 2010

On 11/22/10 2:51 PM, Wilson, Andrew wrote:
> May I suggest the MPL draft could changed so that all Ex. A permissions
> may be removed by a recipient if so desired?  I am thinking of how additional permissions
> are handled in GPLv3.  Since GPLv3 permissions may be stripped, you always
> have core GPLv3 as a common denominator.

Under this scenario, someone could still cause a fork by taking 
someone's MPL+compatibility code, stripping the compatibility language, 
and then redistributing it MPL-only. The "upstream" could not reuse the 
resulting modifications, which is exactly the situation which we're 
trying to avoid.

Nevertheless, we'll keep this idea in mind and if someone can come up 
with a similar solution we'll consider it.

Thanks, Andrew-

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