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

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Sun Aug 31 20:16:30 UTC 2014

Henrik Ingo scripsit:

> "permission is hereby granted, free of charge and under any and all
> patent and copyright rights [...] to deal in both [a) and b)] without
> restriction, including without limitation the rights to [...] create
> derivative works of (provided that this does not license additional
> patent claims beyond those covering the unmodified Software and Larger
> Works), [...] the Software and the Larger Work(s) on either these or
> other terms."
> To me this sentence says that creating derivative works is only
> allowed to the extent that modifications will not infringe on any new
> patents of the licensor granting this license. Which means in many
> cases (e.g. IBM or any other large patent holder as the upstream
> licensor) only very trivial modifications would be allowed.

That's true.  However, not saying that something is allowed is not
equivalent to saying it is forbidden.

John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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