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 firstname.lastname@example.org.