[License-review] EUPL v1.2

Richard Fontana fontana at opensource.org
Thu Jul 13 17:14:21 UTC 2017

The OSI has approved EUPL v1.2. It will be added to the public list of
OSI-approved licenses in due course. As with EUPL 1.1, the approval
extends to all the official language versions of the license.


On Fri, Jun 02, 2017 at 01:59:35PM +0200, Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz wrote:
> Dear OSI Board,
> On 25 June 2014, the OSI board recommended (see "HISTORIC" record below)
> the approval of the draft EUPL v1.2 ("Recommendation: Board to approve when
> license is finalized").
> It has taken a lot of time for the "European Government" to move since this
> final draft (I know, more than two years, nearly three...), but the result
> is there finally with the publication of the licence with equal working
> value in 23 languages. Croatian was added.
> See: OJ 19/05/2017 L128 *p. 59–64*
> <http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/FR/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2017.128.01.0059.01.FRA&toc=OJ:L:2017:128:TOC>
> The draft has not changed significantly since 2014, but due to the
> elapsed time it seems appropriate to reiterate the process:
> Submission type: approval
> Licence name: EUPL v1.2
> Plaintext copy: attached in English (UTF-8)
> Rationale: updating the existing OSI approved EUPL v1.1
> Distinguish:
>    - EUPL is the sole licence in the world with working value in 23
>    languages. There are no equivalent.
>    - Created by the European Commission and, as such, the only license
>    which has written by an international governing body. It has been
>    written from the ground up for to solve the legal uncertainties, both
>    real and perceived, which arise from incompatibility between U.S.-law
>    anchored licenses and enforceability under European law.
>    - It is both copyleft AND compatible. This is an original approach
>    establishing a new category of "copyleft-compatible" licenses
>    - This approach is followed/shared by CECILL-2.1
>    <https://opensource.org/licenses/CECILL-2.1> and by LiLiQ-R /
>    LiLiQR+ that are also "copyleft-compatible".
> Legal review: the licence has been reviewed in conformity to the European
> law, in particular the Directive 2009/24/EC on the legal protection of
> computer programs and regulation related to product liability.
> Legal analysis: published in International Free and Open Source Law Review
> IFOSSLR (http://www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr/article/view/91/164)
> Full information: on Joinup.eu
> <https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eupl/news/understanding-eupl-v12>
> Proliferation category: after 10 years existence, support from the European
> institutions, and more than 15.000 projects reported, the license could now
> be categorised as "With strong community".  Regarding licence
> proliferation, the "copyleft-compatible" approach solves issues, because
> establishing compatibility with GPL v2, GPL v3, AGPL and other copyleft
> licences.
> Thank you for your attention,
> Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
> Lawyer
> Joinup.eu legal support
> From: Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org>
> Date: 2014-06-25 15:52 GMT+02:00
> Subject: [License-review] License Committee Report - for board meeting
> [NASA, EUPL, and Tidepool]
> To: License Review <license-review at opensource.org>
> This email is my report for licenses currently submitted to the OSI.
> If anybody disagrees with my assessment of the list's comments or
> conclusions, please change the subject line to be specific to the
> license you want to discuss, and comment before the meeting of Nov. 6.
> EUPL 1.2
> =======
> Submission: http://projects.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review/
> 2013-March/000540.html
> Comments: John Cowan reviewed the changes to the (earlier-approved)
> versions of the EUPL, and found nothing objectionable. No further
> objections have been raised, but we have been asked not to approve
> until the license is finalized.
> Recommendation: Board to approve when license is finalized.
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> Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
> pe.schmitz at googlemail.com
> tel. + 32 478 50 40 65

> EUPL © the European Union 2007, 2016 
> This European Union Public Licence (the ‘EUPL’) applies to the Work (as defined below) which is provided under the 
> terms of this Licence. Any use of the Work, other than as authorised under this Licence is prohibited (to the extent such 
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> and the way it may be accessible, concluded, stored and reproduced by the Licensee. 
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> advantage of the linguistic version of their choice. 
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> Without prejudice to specific agreement between parties, 
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> of the European Union, as laid down in article 272 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, 
> — any litigation arising between other parties and resulting from the interpretation of this License, will be subject to 
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> 15.Applicable Law 
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> resides or has his registered office, 
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> a European Union Member State. 
>                                                          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) v. 1.1, v. 1.2 
> — Québec Free and Open-Source Licence — Reciprocity (LiLiQ-R) or Strong Reciprocity (LiLiQ-R+) 
> The European Commission may update this Appendix to later versions of the above licences without producing 
> a new version of the EUPL, as long as they provide the rights granted in Article 2 of this Licence and protect the 
> covered Source Code from exclusive appropriation. 
> All other changes or additions to this Appendix require the production of a new EUPL version. 

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Richard Fontana
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