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From Emmanuel Bourg <>
Subject Re: Licensing
Date Thu, 07 Oct 2004 11:13:32 GMT
Ricardo Gladwell wrote:
> Emmanuel Bourg wrote:
>> Excluding LGPLed projects is just a political decision imho.
>> Emmanuel Bourg
> Sorry for sounding newbie about this, but what exactly are the political 
> difficulties to hosting LGPL and ASL projects on the domain. 
> Does the ASF and the FSF not get along?

The concept of the LGPL is quite clear for me, it's "do whatever you 
want with your code, but if you change my LGPL code, you have to license 
your modification under the LGPL".

I agree the LGPL may be worded ambiguously with regard to Java programs, 
but for Hibernate this ambiguity is clarified in the License FAQ. One 
could say this FAQ has no legal value if it's not included in the actual 
license, but it's not true. It's a promise made on the official site, 
that's endorsed by the authors, that they will not consider this usage 
as an infringement of their copyright, and this kind of promise has a 
legal value in court, see "Promissory Estoppel" for more information.

You can ask any author of a Java LGPLed project to make a similar 
clarification if you want to use its work in an ASLed code, I'm ready to 
bet none will refuse because it was the way they intended to distribute 
their work.

Emmanuel Bourg

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