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From Richard Fontana <rfont...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: OpenSSL exception documentation? [was: JSON License and Apache Projects]
Date Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:39:33 GMT
On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 01:37:58PM -0500, Sam Ruby wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 1:07 PM, Luis Villa <luis@lu.is> wrote:
> >
> > OpenSSL is either a mild copyleft (essentially FSF's interpretation,
> > suggesting Category B) or merely makes explicit what is implicit in all
> > permissive licenses, including Sec. 4 of the Apache license (suggesting
> > Category A). I'm not familiar enough with the (long) history here to really
> > know the author's intent, so I can't help categorize it into A/B/X, but in
> > either case, it isn't directly comparable to the JSON situation.
> 
> I'd suggest category B.  Apache License is explicitly sublicenseable;
> openssl is explicitly NOT sublicenseable.
> 
> One consequence of that is that the Apache License, version 2.0 is
> (one-way) compatible with GPL v3, but openssl is not.  That pretty
> much rules out category A.

Is GPLv3-compatibility meant to be a prerequisite for category A? I
believe there are a number of licenses in category A that the FSF
classifies as GPL-incompatible.

Richard

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