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10 March 2010, 16:52

Mozilla to update MPL license

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Mozilla Foundation Logo The Mozilla Foundation, the organisation behind the popular Firefox web browser, has announced the launch of a new public process to update the Mozilla Public License (MPL), during which a new version of the MPL will be developed. The current Mozilla Public License, version 1.1, is already 10 years old.

Unlike the Free Software Foundation, which last made changes to its GNU General Public License (GPL) in June of 2007 with the release of version 3, the MPL has remained largely unchanged since its inception. According to Mozilla, the aim of the review is to modernise the MPL and "simplify it while still keeping the things that have made the license and the Mozilla project such a success".

More details on the update process are available on Mozilla's Updating the MPL, Scope and Process and Schedule web pages. An FAQ about the MPL revision process has also been posted. The foundation hopes to complete the update process between October and November of this year. A final decision about whether or not the revised MPL will become version 1.2 or 2.0, has yet to be made.

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