European Public License

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= European public license public sector administrations

URL = http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/6523/5980

Description

"The licence is initially intended to be used as the official release method for projects funded under the IDABC framework, but it is also intended to be the first open source licence with an officially sanctioned translation in 23 official languages of the EU, which in my opinion makes it particularly useful for public sector administrations across the continent." (http://technollama.blogspot.com/2008/01/european-public-licence.html)

Characteristics

"There are three main features in the licence that I think make it useful. The first is its clear language and largely unambiguous wording, which makes it easier to understand than other licences out there (*cough* GPL v3 *cough*). Secondly, the licence contains a small yet functional patent clause, which is valuable for obvious reasons. Thirdly, it has a clever compatibility clause which allows wider freedom to developers in order to release modifications under one of the compatible licences, namely GPL (v2), OSL, CPL, EPL and Cecill." (http://technollama.blogspot.com/2008/01/european-public-licence.html)