By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-02-19 Print this article Print

Urlocker said that he is also working on draft exception text to clarify MySQLs licensing policy. "I have new text from our lawyers and Im working on it to make it more clear (and less lawyerly)," he said in an e-mail exchange. "But the gist of it is that we want to make sure people can use MySQL for a wide range of open-source projects under any number of open-source licenses, some of which are incompatible with the GPL. This has been a source of confusion out there, and we hope to clear it up in the coming weeks." There are dozens of projects that are incompatible with the GPL license, Urlocker said. For example, the GPL prohibits an "advertising" clause. However, MySQL doesnt mind if someone combines MySQL Client libraries with a license that has such a clause. One exception Urlocker is working on will enable use of MySQL software in such a case. In the meantime, MySQL is open to input. "Well try to work with people on their issues until we have a program announced," Urlocker said. "Were happy to get feedback and questions from people to make it fair, to make sure theyre not burdened. We think its important that we have this sustainable business model. Having commercial customers is the way we can continue to invest in the community."
Those interested in giving feedback to MySQL can send e-mail to partners@mysql.com.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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