[License-review] Submission of the Upstream Compatibility License v1.0 (UCL-1.0) for approval
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OSI License Submission for Upstream Compatibility License (UCL) v1.0
The attached license is submitted to the Open Source Initiative for
an OSI-approved Open Source license.
To provide developers wishing to open source an existing closed source
with an Open Source license that is Copyleft for downstream developers and
Permissive for upstream developers
This provides the author(s) of the original work(s) the benefits of a
release while retaining the ability to freely reuse downstream
their original product without needing to manage Contributor License
or maintain control of the open source project.
The UCL license is based on the Open Source License v3.0 by Lawrence Rosen.
Sections1c and 16 have been changed to provide the licensors of the
(aka upstream developers) with an Apache 2.0 or later license in addition
normal terms of OSL v3.0. There are no other substantive (or intentional)
to OSL v3 so any other differences found are errors.
Section 1c now reads:
c) to distribute or communicate copies of the Original Work and Derivative
to the public, with the proviso that copies of Original Work or Derivative
that You distribute or communicate shall be licensed under this Upstream
Compatibility License, and all Licensors of the Original Work are also
license to Your Derivative Work under the Apache License 2.0 or later;
Section 16 was modified to update the copyright information of the license
itself and to rename the license to UCL.
Section 16 now reads:
16) Modification of This License. This License is Copyright © 2005 Lawrence
Rosen and Copyright © 2016 Nigel Tzeng. Permission is granted to copy,
distribute, or communicate this License without modification. Nothing in
License permits You to modify this License as applied to the Original Work
Derivative Works. However, You may modify the text of this License and copy,
distribute or communicate your modified version (the "Modified License") and
apply it to other original works of authorship subject to the following
conditions: (i) You may not indicate in any way that your Modified License
the "Open Software License" or "OSL" or the “Upstream Compatible License” or
“UCL” and you may not use those names in the name of your Modified License;
You must replace the notice specified in the first paragraph above with the
notice "Licensed under <insert your license name here>" or with a notice of
own that is not confusingly similar to the notice in this License; and
may not claim that your original works are open source software unless your
Modified License has been approved by Open Source Initiative (OSI) and You
comply with its license review and certification process.
This license should be categorized as a Special Purpose License.
DISTINGUISHING FROM OTHER OSI-APPROVED LICENSES:
I believe this licensed is non-duplicative after reviewing the list of OSI
approved licenses. It differs from mainstream strong copyleft open source
licenses by providing upstream developers with explicit additional rights
(i.e. those granted by Apache 2.0 or later) which cannot be removed by
developers as they could be in GPL V3 Section 7. Additional Terms.
Mr Rosen was kind enough to informally review the UCL and to insure I met
terms of the Section 16 of the OSL.
In keeping with the License Approval Process submission guidelines:
1. I have read the Open Source Definition and ensured that this license
complies with it (and in fact, this license is an amalgamation of already
2. This is an Approval submission, as this is a new license (albeit derived
from existing OSI-approved licenses).
3. I have appropriate standing to submit this request, as this license was
created by me (again, derived from existing OSI-approved licenses).
4. I am subscribed to license-review.
5. This communication is our formal request to license-review.
Please approve this license for inclusion on the OSI approved license list.
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the text of this License and copy, distribute or communicate your modified
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way that your Modified License is the "Open Software License" or "OSL" or
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name of your Modified License; (ii) You must replace the notice specified
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notice in this License; and (iii) You may not claim that your original
open source software unless your Modified License has been approved by Open
Source Initiative (OSI) and You comply with its license review and
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