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Template:Infobox software license The Academic Free License (AFL) is a permissive free software license written in 2002 by Lawrence E. Rosen, general counsel of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

The license grants similar rights to the BSD, MIT, UoI/NCSA and Apache licenses — licenses allowing the software to be made proprietary — but was written to correct perceived problems with those licenses:

  • The AFL makes clear what software is being licensed by including a statement following the software's copyright notice;
  • The AFL includes a complete copyright grant to the software;
  • The AFL contains a complete patent grant to the software;
  • The AFL makes clear that no trademark rights are granted to the licensor's trademarks;
  • The AFL warrants that the licensor either owns the copyright or is distributing the software under a license;
  • The AFL is itself copyrighted, with the right granted to copy and distribute without modification.

AFL versions 1.2 and 2.1 are not compatible with the GNU GPL.[1] The Free Software Foundation has not commented on the newer version 3.0, which Eric S. Raymond contends is GPL compatible. In late 2002, an OSI working draft considered it a "best practice" license.[2] In mid 2006, however, the OSI's License Proliferation Committee found it "redundant with more popular licenses"[3], specifically version 2 of the Apache Software License.

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