Re: GNU [?] Affero General Public License v1.0

David A. Wheeler

The confusion may be that for at least version 3.0, it *is* the “GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE” as documented here:


I believe you mean that version 1.0 doesn’t begin with “GNU”.  That sounds correct; I believe Affero had an idea, drafted it (with some help from GNU), and then put it out… but as their own license.  Later it got folded in as a GNU license.  Anyway, that’s the history as I (poorly?) remember it.


The text of of the GNU Affero General Public License seems to be consistent with my recollections:

“An older license, called the Affero General Public License and published by Affero, was designed to accomplish similar goals. This is a different license, not a version of the Affero GPL, but Affero has released a new version of the Affero GPL which permits relicensing under this license.”


--- David A. Wheeler



From: spdx-legal-bounces@... [mailto:spdx-legal-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Camille Moulin
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:31 AM
To: SPDX-legal
Subject: GNU [?] Affero General Public License v1.0


Hi all,

The spdx license list in its latest version (1.19) mentions the "GNU Affero General Public License v1.0", but AFAIKT it's not a GNU license and the full name should just be "Affero General Public License v1.0".




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