License List v1.6 - uploaded

Jilayne Lovejoy <Jlovejoy@...>

Hi All,


I’ve just uploaded v1.6 of the License List.  This reflects the following changes:

-          License Identifiers (short names) updated to be consistent with Debian short names

-          No changes in our full names

-          Deleted the “Recognized Exceptions” column – this wasn’t being used anyway


Other differences that were not changed:

-          we use “MIT” – Debian uses “Expat” as license name

-          Debian calls “IBM Common Public License” what SPDX calls “IBM Public License” and a separate “Common Public License” – left as is; my observation/understanding is that IPL and CPL are different (yet similar)


One remaining thing that Debian caught here (

à SPDX has a LGPL+ which is to denote where LGPL is listed as the applicable license, with no version whatsoever indicated.  We do not have the equivalent for GPL – should we add the former or get rid of the latter?  

Seems to me this scenario would essentially be the same as the oldest LGPL/GPL “or later.”  In this situation, the SPDX file creator could choose to take the extra step of determining the earliest copyright notice and then apply that logic to determine which version of GPL/LGPL could applied at the earliest, record this as the “Concluded License,” and comment accordingly in the “License Comment” section.  Anyone want to concur or contradict, so I can make the change and re-upload again?




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