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The Register: Apple upgrades open source-style licence

Jan 05, 2001, 14:52 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

[ Thanks to Thomas Wickline for this link. ]

"Apple has finally decided to follow the spirit of the open source development model fully, and modified its own Apple Public Source Licence to eliminate many of the restrictions that so annoyed the open source community."

"The Mac maker yesterday updated APSL to version 1.2. The previous version, 1.1, was described by free software guru Richard Stallman as "unacceptable" to the open source community."

"Stallman had three concerns over APSL 1.1. Firstly, software developers had to publish their changes to software covered by the licence even if that code was created solely for the writer's own personal usage. Secondly, anyone using or creating modified code had to let "one specific organisation, which happens to be Apple" know about it. Finally, APSL 1.1 allowed Apple to terminate the licence at any time if software covered by it becomes the focus of patent infringement allegations."

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