Another vanity license. Ugh.
Posted Dec 19, 2012 22:39 UTC (Wed) by david.a.wheeler
In reply to: European Union's free software licence to become compatible with GPLv3
Parent article: European Union's open source license to become compatible with GPLv3
Sigh, yet another vanity license.
I'm glad that the EU is working to make their license GPL-compatible.
As I explain in
Make Your Open Source Software GPL-Compatible. Or Else., while you don't need to release software under the GPL, releasing open source software under a GPL-incompatible license is almost always a foolish decisions. The reason a government would release software as OSS is usually because they're trying to encourage collaboration. Using a license incompatible with the most popular OSS license, instead of using an industry-standard license, is simply a bad decision. My industry-standard list would be MIT, BSD 3-clause (and 2-clause), Apache 2.0, LGPL, GPL. Maybe the MPL 2.0.
License proliferation is a serious problem. I hope the EU avoids it, instead of making it worse. The EU should update their license to make it GPL-compatible... and then tell people to stop using it, and use an industry-standard license instead.
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