Re: EDL - Eclipse Distribution License

Philippe Ombredanne

Wayne, Simon,

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 3:41 AM, Wayne Beaton
<wayne.beaton@...> wrote:

How can I help make this happen?


On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 6:04 AM, Simon Bernard <contact@...>


I would like to now if this could make sense to add the "EDL - Eclipse
Distribution License" to spdx ?
I ask the question because it seems this is a
See :
But many eclipse projects use it and this could help to identify it
quickly with tools like spdx.
The problem with the EDL is that its text is strictly the BSD-3-Clause.

The only differences would be:
1. an extra name that may not be present
2. possibly an Eclipse copyright holder

IMHO these two are not sufficient to warrant a new license in SPDX.

On the detection side, I used to have EDL as a "named" license in
Scancode, but I removed it [1] a while back to use it as a plain
detection rule instead: this was creating too many detection
ambiguities as both the EDL and BSD would be detected exactly, because
they are one and the same text-wise.

So some questions:
1. Why would be using BSD-3-Clause a problem to you?
2. How can you distinguish at all times a BSD-3-Clause from and EDL?

I would be happy to bring back a specialized detection in ScanCode if
you can provide me with some non-ambiguous rules in which case you
would have a license ref but not an official SPDX id. This may be good

Philippe Ombredanne

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