[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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