A paper by Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz published in IFOSS Law Review.
Table of content
1. Origin of the EUPL
2. EUPL and Licence Proliferation
3. The EUPL Used as a “Reference”
4. Rights Granted by the EUPL v1.1
5. What Made the EUPL v1.1 Specific?
6. Changes Planned in the EUPL v1.2
7 How is the EUPL's Variable Copyleft Implemented?
a) The Normal Copyleft Reuse Under the EUPL
b) Exception to the “Normal Copyleft” (Reuse in Other Copyleft Works)
c) Exception to the Exception
Licence and Attribution
This paper was published in the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, Volume 5, Issue 2 (December 2013). It originally appeared online at http://www.ifosslr.org.
This article should be cited as follows:
Schmitz, Patrice-Emmanuel (2013) 'The European Union Public Licence (EUPL)', International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, 5(2), pp 121 – 136
Copyright © 2013 Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz.
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