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Mozilla Relicensing FAQ Version 1.0

Sep 20, 2001, 01:37 (3 Talkback[s])
"Some time ago mozilla.org announced its intent to seek relicensing of Mozilla code under a new licensing scheme that would address perceived incompatibilities of the Mozilla Public License (MPL) and Netscape Public License (NPL) with the GNU General Public License (GPL). Many people provided useful comments on this proposal, and in particular identified Mozilla-related license issues that could arise with developers using the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for their own code.

Based on those comments and further discussions with Mozilla contributors, we have now implemented the first phase of Mozilla relicensing, using an NPL/GPL/LGPL "triple license" for Mozilla source files previously licensed under the NPL and for some files currently licensed under an NPL/GPL dual license. In the next phases of this effort we will seek to have the remaining source files under an NPL/GPL dual license be relicensed under an NPL/GPL/LGPL triple license, and have source files under the MPL or an MPL/GPL dual license be relicensed under an MPL/GPL/LGPL triple license. This FAQ addresses various questions that might arise specifically about this relicensing effort. For additional information about the new Mozilla licensing scheme, see the new mozilla.org License Policy.

IMPORTANT: Note that this document is for your information only and is not intended as legal advice. If you wish to develop and distribute software based on Mozilla code, especially software intended for commercial sale or distribution, and you need or want legal advice regarding your rights and obligations with regard to your use of Mozilla code, then you should consult an attorney with expertise in software licensing."

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