Yes, the GPL and ASL licenses go together.

This post from Brian McCallister comes at the right time, as I was discussing this yesterday with someone: can you distribute ASL (Apache Software License) licensed code as part of a GPL product?

Although the Free Software Foundation basically says no, a simple exception can be added to the GPL license to allow this. Brian has more details in his post.

So it looks like there are workarounds for this…dare I say legalish crap? Sorry for people who honestly contribute their time to create better licenses, but all the energy devoted to these ASL/GPL/LGPL licensing talks in the last few months could be used for more fun and useful work.

2 Responses to Yes, the GPL and ASL licenses go together.

  1. “all the energy devoted to these ASL/GPL/LGPL licensing talks in the last few months could be used for more fun and useful work”

    Agreed!

  2. Sam Tuke says:

    “a simple exception can be added to the GPL license to allow this”

    If you have to change the GPL before it becomes compatible with the ASL, then they do not in fact “go together”, it seems to me.

    Misleading article title therefore.

    “all the energy devoted to these ASL/GPL/LGPL licensing talks in the last few months could be used for more fun and useful work”

    +1. If only everyone used the GPL then life would be so much easier and more productive.

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