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

Patrick Schleizer adrelanos at riseup.net
Mon Mar 18 09:45:00 UTC 2019

Richard Fontana:
> On Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 3:23 AM Patrick Schleizer <adrelanos at riseup.net> wrote:
>> 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?
> Perhaps this is not a helpful way to look at the issue. In a sense,
> sure, you have drafted a new license by supplementing the terms of
> GPLv3 with some additional restrictions (maybe in a way which is
> consistent with the text of GPLv3, maybe in a way which the FSF would
> tolerate or approve, maybe not).
> But if OSI starts reviewing for approval GPLv3 additional terms, that
> may result in a proliferation of such license approval submissions,
> and use of such terms in the first place, which may not be something
> we want to encourage. I'm not saying your terms are guilty of this,
> but there's a history of misuse of the GPLv3 section 7 mechanism
> (principally in the badgeware setting). I could see the point of
> having the OSI consider a widely-used set of GPLv3 additional terms,
> but as I understand it (correct me if I'm wrong) what you've submitted
> isn't in actual use anywhere (rather, you've generalized or otherwise
> modified some terms used by a couple of companies).

Isn't this a chicken/egg dilemma? People won't use it, until approved,
but no approval, until widely used?

Kind regards,

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