Adaptive Public License

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Adaptive Public License
Author University of Victoria
DFSG compatible ?
FSF approved ?
OSI approved Yes
GPL compatible ?
Copyleft Yes
Linking from code with a different license ?

The Adaptive Public License (APL) is an open-source license from the University of Victoria. It is a weak copyleft, adaptable template license that has been approved by the Open Source Initiative.

The Initial Contributor for a project sets up the license conditions for that project by choosing their specific options from the license template. Choices include:

  • whether or not to grant patent rights
  • governing jurisdiction
  • limited attribution and branding clauses
  • the scope of how widely the source can be distributed before being obliged to contribute code changes
  • the extent to which changes need to be documented

Selected programs licensed under the APL[edit]

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