[License-review] For Approval: GPL-3+-with-whonix-additional-terms - GPLv3 with improved, legal protections as per GNU GPL version 3 section 7

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Sun Mar 17 07:28:23 UTC 2019

On Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 11:45 PM Patrick Schleizer <adrelanos at riseup.net>

> >> - A) Did I create my own license at all, or
> >> - B) did I only supplement the GPLv3 with terms as GPLv3 allows anyhow?
> I am wondering what the OSI's view on A) vs B) is.

Although OSI's attorney is here discussing this issue, I don't think he has
made statement *on behalf of OSI *yet, and I personally haven't heard that
any opinion exists.

Were I in your place, I'd try to convince Richard Stallman that
indemnification is a good idea, and take it from there. But that is
entirely separate from OSI's license approval process, and as far as I can
tell OSI can't, and shouldn't, require Richard's blessing.


Does any quote "supplement the terms" as per GPLv3 clause "7. Additional
Terms." result in a difference license?

Is it possible to quote "supplement the terms" as per GPLv3 clause "7.
Additional Terms." without creation of a different license?

I just can't think of any way to handle this other than as a separate
license. Once you add language to a license, its effect is not the same any
longer. There was a recent example called the "Commons Clause" where when
that additional text was combined with the Apache license, the effect was
very different (and IMO not an Open Source license).
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