Adaptive Public License

The Adaptive Public License (APL) is an open-source license from the University of Victoria. It is a weak copyleft, adaptable template license that has been approved by the Open Source Initiative.

Adaptive Public License
AuthorUniversity of Victoria
DFSG compatible?
FSF approved?
OSI approvedYes
GPL compatible?
Linking from code with a different license?

The Initial Contributor for a project sets up the license conditions for that project by choosing their specific options from the license template. Choices include:

  • whether or not to grant patent rights
  • governing jurisdiction
  • limited attribution and branding clauses
  • the scope of how widely the source can be distributed before being obliged to contribute code changes
  • the extent to which changes need to be documented

Selected programs licensed under the APL

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