[License-review] Approval: BSD + Patent License

Lawrence Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Sun Jan 17 18:36:36 UTC 2016

Mark Wielaard wrote on this license-review@ list:

> Patent retaliation clauses are not GPLv2 compatible. 


Says who? Legal basis for that conclusion? 


> That doesn't mean they are not a good idea, they are.


They sure are! They are now in most FOSS licenses in one form or another.


> And that is why GPLv3 does contain one.


Great, but now GPLv3 is apparently not compatible with GPLv2. :-)  That's


I frequently joke when I do something illegal as a driver that there is a
"Larry Exception" in the California Vehicle Code. It is much like the GPL
exceptions regarding license compatibility. They are the imaginary
constructs of the FSF.



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