The EUPL is the European Union Public Licence, published by the European Commission. It has been studied and drafted in 2005 and launched in January 2007. The current version is the multilingual and OSI certified EUPL v1.1 (January 2009).
The EC strategy is to reinforce its legal tools for facilitating sharing, reuse and interoperability.
The EUPL includes an appendix of “compatible licences” providing interoperability with a list of other "share alike" licences. As this list (based on a 2006 study) is outdated, a principal objective of the EUPL v1.2 is to update it (i.e. adding GNU GPLv3, AGPLv3 and some others - to discuss).
Joinup publishes the draft EUPL v1.2
Joinup published also a Working Paper to explain the planned modifications.
Modifications introduced by the EUPL v1.2 should stay “as limited as possible”.
The publication of v1.2 will have no automatic impact when software was expressly covered “by the EUPL v1.1 only” (current licensors may opt for updating, or not), but v1.2 will be compatible with v1.1.
Joinup has registered your comments, thoughts and suggestions on the new draft EUPL v1.2 and the accompanying working paper. You will read some of these comments below. Other comments (i.e. on Linux forums, from OSI reviewers) where considered also.
Comments were submitted using the box below. Please note that, to submit comments, a user needs to be logged as a registered user on Joinup. If a Joinup visitor has no account already, he can create one here http://joinup.ec.europa.eu/user/register.
Comments are public. A first series of comments was closed on 15 March 2013, but as the approval process of the EUPL v1.2 takes more time (and is still subject to revision by the Legal Service until to March 2014, additional comments are still welcome.