[License-review] Request for Approval of Universal Permissive License (UPL)

Josh Berkus josh at postgresql.org
Sun Aug 31 06:22:00 UTC 2014


Thank you for persisting with this, and trying to make a license to
accomodate all concerns.

On 08/29/2014 12:16 AM, Richard Fontana wrote:
> (b) any piece of software and/or hardware listed in the LARGER_WORKS.TXT file if one is included with the Software (each a “Larger Work” to which the Software is contributed by such licensors),

>> > without restriction, including without limitation the rights to >
make, use, sell, offer for sale, import, export, have made, have sold,
copy, create derivative works of (provided that this does not license
additional patent claims beyond those covering the unmodified Software
and Larger Works), display, perform, distribute, and sublicense the
Software and the Larger Work(s) on either these or other terms.

So *as a developer*, I'm still confused about how this actually works.
I'm not objecting, I'm asking for clarification.  Quite possibly such
clarification just needs to be part of a FAQ.

* If I receive software under the UPL which is part of a Larger Work,
what license is the larger work under?  The text of the license seems to
say that the Larger Work is under the UPL.

* If I include the Software and a Larger Work in my own software, and I
have a patent on my software, what is the method for indicating that
that patent is included in the UPL patent grant?  Does the patent grant
from the upstream Larger Work still apply to me?

* Can I remove the names of Larger Works from an inherited LARGER_WORKS
file if I want to?  Can I remove the whole file?

* "... on either these or other terms."  What does this phrase mean?

--Josh Berkus

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