[License-review] Update of the EUPL (OSI approved in 2009)

Luis Villa luis at tieguy.org
Thu Mar 28 14:08:43 UTC 2013

Ping? Any more comments? I'd like to approve this at the board's
upcoming meeting (a week from yesterday). Thanks!

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
> Thanks for your patience, Patrice-Emmanuel.
> I would ask that all list members read, review, and discuss the
> license in the near future. I'm still trying to figure out what a good
> calendar for license-review looks like, but suffice to say I'd like to
> give thumbs-up/thumbs-down in a more prompt manner than in recent
> times.
> I include below what John Cowan said on license-discuss, as part of
> the record of discussion:
> =======
> I see no changes that would affect its Open
> Source status, and I think OSI should fast-track it as soon as they get
> a formal submission.  Here are the changes I see:
> 1) The scope is extended from software to any kind of work.
> 2) Additional agreements are extended from "support, warranty, indemnity,
> or other liability obligations" to any obligations whatsoever.
> 3) References to the European Commission and the European Communities
> are updated to the EU.
> 4) The list of licenses which can supersede the EUPL in the case of
> works that are dual-licensed has been extended to additional copyleft
> licenses as well as new versions of existing licenses.  This provision
> allows you to take, for example, a EUPL+GPL work and treat it as licensed
> under the GPL only.
> =====
> On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM, Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
> <pe.schmitz at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> The European Commission has launched a revision process for the EUPL
>> (European Union Public Licence).
>> The current version is 1.1 (OSI-approved in March 2009)
>> https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/page/eupl
>> The new version (TXT file hereunder) includes little changes but increases
>> interoperability:
>> - Terminology revised according to the Lisbon treaty;
>> - Clarification concerning additional agreements and jurisdiction;
>> - Interoperability extended to GPLv3, AGPLv3, MPLv2, LGPLv2.1 & v3.
>> A pdf version where all changes (v1.1 -> v1.2) are visible and a Working
>> Paper are available on the public consultation forum page:
>> https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eupl/topic/public-consultation-draft-eupl-v12.
>> The public consultation was initiated mid December, will end on 15 march. EC
>> has already considered comments and will consider other suggestions as the
>> case may be.
>> Acting for the license steward EC (they asked me to do this), I submit the
>> attached draft version 1.2.
>> All subsequent modifications (if any other, after public consultation) will
>> be reported to License review and published on the public consultation
>> forum.
>> Remarks can also be done directly on the forum, allowing more visibility by
>> the community.
>> Kind regards,
>> Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
>> legal expert, Joinup.eu
>> pe.schmitz at googlemail.com
>> European Union Public Licence
>> V. 1.2
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>> ===
>> Appendix
>> “Compatible Licences” according to Article 5 EUPL are:
>> - GNU General Public License (GPL) v. 2, v. 3
>> - GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) v. 3
>> - Open Software License (OSL) v. 2.1, v. 3.0
>> - Eclipse Public License (EPL) v. 1.0
>> - Cecill v. 2.0, v.2.1
>> - Mozilla Public Licence (MPL) v. 2
>> - GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) v. 2.1, v. 3
>> - Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike v. 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) for
>> works other than software
>> - European Union Public Licence (EUPL), any version as from v. 1.1
>> The European Commission may:
>> - update this Appendix to later versions of the above licences without
>> producing a new version of the EUPL.
>> - extend this Appendix to new licences providing the rights granted in
>> Article 2 of this Licence and protecting the covered Source Code from
>> exclusive appropriation.
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