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Bug#238245: license choice - consensus on dual MIT/GPL-2+ ?


First of all, thanks Stefano to step in this long standing issue.

Le 20/01/2012 13:53, Francesco Poli a écrit :
> On Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:51:55 +0100 Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 07:42:05PM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:

>>> If this is what you mean, then it should be noted that "dual-licensed
>>> under Expat/MIT and GPLv2+" is effectively equivalent to "licensed
>>> under the Expat/MIT",

>> You're quite right (at least, under most interpretations of the two
>> licenses; cause with these things you really never know...).  As in
>> other cases of dual MIT/GPL licensing, the point is being clear in the
>> fact that recipient can choose both

> I think it would make a number of people (wrongly) think that the
> Debian Project decision-makers know very little about licenses...

I take it as a remark, not as an objection, and thus propose the
attached patch if we agree on the dual licensing (@@date@@ will of
course be replaced once agreed on the license choice and its wording).
You can have a look at the built page on my test server:


If my understanding of dual licensing is not too defective, we will be
able to drop one of them later if we feel strongly about it. Therefore I
assume that Francesco's point can be raised later if it really matters,
and thus is not a blocker here and now.


Index: license.wml
RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/license.wml,v
retrieving revision 1.27
diff -u -r1.27 license.wml
--- license.wml	8 Jan 2012 21:57:38 -0000	1.27
+++ license.wml	21 Jan 2012 14:54:48 -0000
@@ -10,6 +10,22 @@
+Since @@day@@ January 2012, the new material can be redistributed
+and/or modified under the terms of the <a href="legal/licenses/mit">\
+MIT (Expat) License</a> (the latest version is usually available at
+<url http://www.opensource.org/licenses/MIT>) or, at your option, of the
+<a href="legal/licenses/gpl2">GNU General Public License</a>; either
+version 2 of the License, or any later version (the latest version is
+usually available at <url http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>).
+Work is in progress to make the older material compliant
+with the above licenses. Until then, please refer to the
+following terms of the Open Publication License.
 <p>This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set 
 forth in the Open Publication License, Draft v1.0 or later (you can
 read our <a href="opl">local copy</a>, the latest version

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