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CPL to EPL Conversion
As part of the formation of the Eclipse Foundation, the Eclipse community
migrated from the Common Public License (CPL) to the Eclipse Public License (EPL). This conversion resulted in changes to quite a few legal
documents on our website. This page maintains the transition plan and the
old versions of the eclipse.org documents which reference the CPL.
The Eclipse Public License is an OSI-approved open
The Eclipse Foundation began the transition from the CPL to the EPL on
September 9th, 2004. It was substantially completed with the release of
Eclipse 3.1 on June 28, 2005.
Agreements and Licenses
Eclipse.org Software User Agreement By
downloading builds or accessing the CVS repository, you acknowledge that
you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms and
conditions contained in this agreement. This agreement is used for
projects that default to the Common Public License (CPL).
Frequently Asked Questions
CPL Frequently Asked Questions Written by IBM and hosted at
IBM’s developerWorks site, this FAQ answers some of the commonly
asked questions about the Common Public License (CPL).
Resources for Committers
"About" Template (CPL References)
This is a template for an "about.html" ("About")
file that describes CPL-licensed content. Abouts contain legal
documentation and are maintained in the CVS repository and subsequently
included in builds in plug-in and other directories. They usually
contain information about licensing and sometimes also information about
any use of cryptography. By convention, every plug-in usually has an
About. If all the content in a plug-in, directory or module can be
correctly licensed under the CPL then this template can be used without
modification. Any other About should be approved by the relevant PMC who
can also assist committers with drafting an About.
Default Copyright and
License Notice The standard copyright and license notice should
appear in all source files where possible. Variations on this notice may
be required (for example where a license other than the CPL or EPL
governs the use of the file).