[SciPy-dev] [Fwd: Re: license status of your code on netlib]

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Sep 10 11:22:18 CDT 2009


On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:03, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 02:48, Benny Malengier<benny.malengier@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> On a side note, due to this I have read
>>> http://scipy.org/License_Compatibility and as a developer who writes
>>> BSD and GPL licenced code, I find the section 'John Hunter's License
>>> Pitch' not very suiting.
>>
>> I have deleted it. I too do not like having a polemic on a page that
>> should just be describing the facts of license compatibility.
>>
>
> I also read this for the first time, but it contains mostly the obvious
> cases.
>
> What is the compatibility for the Apache license ?
>
> There was the discussion on the cython list and I know of some
> packages, that I'm interested in, that use Apache.

Slightly incompatible. It's mostly good, but it has a few provisions
in it, like the patent peace clause, that make it GPLv2-incompatible.
These are complications that would be good to avoid. The authors of
such code may be willing to relicense for scipy if they aren't "using"
those clauses.

> Are there any other (semi-)popular licenses that would be compatible
> with BSD?

Not really. There are many ad hoc license grants that people make that
are compatible, though.

-- 
Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco


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