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From robert burrell donkin <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Promote Email to Commons Proper
Date Mon, 15 Nov 2004 22:18:50 GMT
On 15 Nov 2004, at 22:04, Mark Lowe wrote:

> A little bit of a digression but I'm reading through the LGPL blurb..
> Can you give a bit more detail on this problem? Just as a matter or 
> curiosity.

IANAL but here's my understanding of the apache concerns: the LGPL is 
strongly tied to C and C++ by the technical terms it uses. how these 
terms will be interpreted by the courts when used in java (or other 
similar languages) is uncertain to say the least. one perfectly 
reasonable reading is that (for java) the terms of the LGPL and the GPL 
are identical. the ASF has (over the years) made many approaches to the 
FSF asking them to address this issue but without success. therefore, 
until such time that either the courts or the FSF provide the necessary 
legal clarification, the ASF cannot allow such imports.

- robert

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