[SciPy-dev] Academic Free License

M. Evans datafeed at SoftHome.net
Sun Dec 1 23:37:06 CST 2002


Academic Free License

The Academic Free License (AFL) is the license designed by the legal
counsel of OSI in 2002 based on historical experience with the class
of "non-copyleft" licenses including BSD and MIT, and ASL. These have
traditionally been known after their MIT and BSD prototypes as
academic licenses.

Special features:

No-endorsement clause. Users of the software are barred from using the
name of the organization or contributors to endorse or promote

Contains explicit patent grant.

The OSI recommends the AFL as a best-practice replacement for the
entire class of academic licenses. It is a well-crafted
third-generation license covering issues and vulnerabilities with
respect to patents, liability, and warranty of copyright ownership
that the older ones cover incompletely or not at all.

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