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

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Thu Sep 10 11:43:28 CDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

If this is not a typo: I don't understand how GPLv2 compatibility of
the Apache license affects the compatibility with BSD


> 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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