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Another vanity licence. But maybe the least-worst

Another vanity licence. But maybe the least-worst

Posted Dec 19, 2012 23:02 UTC (Wed) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
In reply to: Another vanity license. Ugh. by david.a.wheeler
Parent article: European Union's open source license to become compatible with GPLv3

Well, it is already explicitly GPLv2 compatible (by allowing modified versions to be relicensed under GPLv2), and the main change in EUPLv1.3 is that they're adding v3 of the GPL to the list of licences which you can relicense to.

It's also indirectly compatible with all current and future versions of the GPL because you can also relicense to the CeCILL licence, and that licence allows relicensing to any version of the GPL.

It's a pity it took so long for direct GPLv3 compatibility to be added, and it would be better if the EU would simply (and clearly) endorse the GPL, but this licence's relicensing clause makes it one of the least harmful in terms of licence incompatibility and generally making licensing more complex.

Plus, it does address at least one real problem: governments being required to use licences in their national language(s). In this sense, it might even reduce licence proliferation because this one licence in all EU languages means that national governments have no necessity to write their own licences. (Or it might have the opposite effect if national governments think "Oh, an own free software licence, what a good idea, let's write one too".)


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