New Apache license compatible with GPL? (Was: [Talin@ACM.org: Suggestions for wording...?])
On Sun, Jun 18, 2000 at 12:06:24PM -0700, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Jun 2000, Joseph Carter wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 18, 2000 at 10:29:32AM -0700, Talin wrote:
> > > The license that I want should have the following features:
> > >
> > > 1. Be compatible with the GPL.
> Then you must use a license with *fewer* restrictions than the GPL, and
> don't deny adding restrictions. For example, the BSD/MIT/Apache licenses,
> at least the newer versions without the advertising clauses. Only those
> kinds of licenses are compatible with the GPL.
Is the new Apache License really GPL compatible?
I have attached the latest version that I could find 1.1, is there a later
version? This version seems to have added restrictions that the Modern BSD
and MIT licenses don't have.
I think that clause 1, 2 and 3 are not a problem, but you might have to
change clause 4 and 5 into a request instead of a demand (which is a added
restriction if you want sidtribute a derived work that also uses code that
falls under the GPL). So you might want to say:
4. Please don't use the names "Apache" and "Apache Software Foundation"
to endorse or promote products derived from this
software without prior written permission. For written
permission, please contact email@example.com.
5. If you make products derived from this software please don't call
them "Apache", or use "Apache" in their name, without prior written
permission of the Apache Software Foundation.
Maybe just changing the must in a should in the original text would be
enough, but english isn't my native language. If you want I can contact
the FSF and discuss it with them. I believe Richard Stallman will come to
the LSM next month and I could try to discuss it with him then.
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