FSF admits defeat on Apache

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The Free Software Foundation has admitted defeat in its attempts to ensure that the forthcoming GNU GPLv3 is compatible with the Apache and Eclipse licenses, meaning that code from some of the leading free and open source projects can still not be merged.

"We regret that we will not achieve compatibility of the Apache License, Version 2.0, with GPLv3, despite what we had previously promised," said the FSF in an explanatory document accompanying its latest draft of the GPL.

The FSF had hoped to ensure compatibility between two of the most used free and open source licenses, but while it has overcome a previously problematic patent termination clause in the Apache license, it overlooked a clause requiring downstream redistributors to indemnify upstream licensors.

"We apologize to the Apache community for having previously overlooked the significance of this issue. We look forward to further discussions with the Apache Foundation in the hope of achieving compatibility in the future," said the FSF.

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