Re: Should LGPL-3.0 be an exception rather than a main license?


J Lovejoy
 

Hi Sam,

Hmm… great point.  This has not been considered previously and did not really need to be pre-2.0 discussions because the exceptions were not separated out, etc.

Our next legal call is on the day we are hoping to go live with 2.0, I think.  So, we can discuss it then (it’s not a lengthy change), but can we get some thoughts on this topic via the email list in the meantime?

I think that, technically, this is right and LGPLv3 should probably be on the exception list, instead of listed as a separate license in and of itself.  But that’s just my gut…  

thoughts???

Jilayne

SPDX Legal Team co-lead
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On Mar 23, 2015, at 10:04 AM, Sam Ellis <Sam.Ellis@...> wrote:

Hi,

In relation to the SPDX-LL and exceptions, I note that LGPL-3.0 is listed as a full license (http://spdx.org/licenses/preview/LGPL-3.0.html). However the wording of LGLP-3.0 is such that it does not stand alone; it refers to and depends on GPL-3.0 and uses terms such as "supplemented by the additional permissions" and "Exception to Section 3 of the GNU GPL". I therefore wish to raise the question of whether LGPL-3.0 should be on the exception list rather than on the full list. Logically, it seems to be an exception, and yet it is such a mainstream license that I can see an argument for it to be on the full license list. Has this been considered previously?

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