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Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software

With which licenses is the GPLv3 compatible?

The GPLv3 is compatible with the following licenses (but not vice versa):

  • Apache License, Version 2
  • Affero General Public License, Version 3 (see sec. 13 of GPLv3)
  • Lesser General Public License, Versions 2, 2.1 and 3 (LGPL)
  • BSD license without the advertising clause
  • Artistic License 2.0
  • Zope Public License, Version 2.0 und 2.1

Note: This means OSS under a listed license can generally be used for creating OSS under GPLv3. It does not mean OSS under the GPLv3 may be incorporated into OSS which uses one of these licenses.

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