Some New License Flexibility
I have been remiss in updating our website with information regarding some decisions made by the Board late last year. Totally my bad.
So here is some good news:
- Projects can license their example code using the Eclipse Distribution License (EDL) as well as the EPL. The advantage to this is that it is clearer to Eclipse users that they can start with EDL-licensed example code when they are developing their products or applications. Because the EPL is a copyleft license and the definition of derivative works can be fuzzy, there can sometimes be confusion as to whether something which started its life as a piece of example code needs to be EPL-licensed or not. You can find details on how to apply this to your project in our policy document.
- Contributors of “non-code content” such as articles, whitepapers, etc. are now allowed to use two variants of Creative Commons licenses. This should make it easier for people to contribute their works to the Eclipse Resources library and other places on the Eclipse website.
If you have any questions on how to make use of these policy changes in your project, please drop us a line at “license at eclipse.org”.
I hope these improvements help!