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From Paul Libbrecht <p...@hoplahup.net>
Subject Re: AW: Clarify relation between GPL and Apache license
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:30:09 GMT
Markus,

I would suggest you open a jira issue about this with a suggestion for a FAQ change.
I read a completely different answer to the question in the FAQ (a citation of the FSF's point
of view), this sounds weird..

I would suggest:

Q: Is the Apache license compatible with the GPL (GNU Public License)?
A: Although the Free Software Foundation website indicates a rather strong incompatibility,
the answer to this question boils down to one of the two following questions:

Q: Can I license my software under the Apache Public License if it links to software under
the GNU Public License
A:  No. The GNU Public License requires any software linked to a software under the GNU Public
License to be under the same license.

Q: Can I license my software under the GNU Public License if it links to a component under
the Apache Public License?
A: Yes. Nothing of both licenses prevent this.
  Note that it still means that the attributions of the softwares under the two different
licenses will be required.

Maybe I'm too strong but at least I'd claim to be pragmatic.

paul


Le 14 déc. 2011 à 12:11, Markus Stier a écrit :

> Paul,
> 
> I think it comes down to these two questions: 
> 1. "Can I license my software under GPL if linking to an ASF library?" 
> as you mentioned and:
> 2. "Can I license my software under Apache License if linking to an GPL library?"
> 
> Regarding  the first question, the FSF states that Apache License 2.0 and GPL 3.0 are
compatible and therefore the answer is "Yes".
> Regarding  the second question the answer is "No". The explanation is given in http://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html.
> 
> I'm not related to ASF nor FSF. I'm just examining licenses for a project of mine and
discovered the ambiguity in the ASF FAQ. Again, I suggest that you remove the "Is the Apache
license compatible with the GPL (GNU Public License)?" question and replace it with those
from above.
> 
> Markus
> 
> 
>> 
>> Markus,
>> 
>> could you please describe your compatibility definition?
>> 
>> That whole discussion, and ping pong among FSF and ASF about it, leads me
>> to think that compatibility should just not be mentioned.
>> The true questions would be, for example "Can I license my software under
>> GPL if linking to an ASF library?"
>> 
>> Or?
>> 
>> paul
>> 
>> 
>> Le 14 déc. 2011 à 11:28, Markus Stier a écrit :
>> 
>>> Hi!
>>> 
>>> There are currently (at least) two places which address the compatibility
>> between GPL 2.x and the Apache license 2.0.
>>> At  http://www.apache.org/foundation/license-faq.html#GPL, ASF states
>> that both licenses are compatible. This is misleading or even incorrect.
>>> According to http://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html,
>>> the Apache 2.0 license is only compatible to GPL >= 2.x if the GPLed
>> software uses Apache'd libraries but not vice versa. This seems to be the
>> more appropriate statement.
>>> 
>>> I suggest that the FAQ page should be updated.
>>> 
>>> Best
>>> 
>>> Markus
>>> 
>> 
>> 
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