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From Mattias J <>
Subject Re: gpl software with commons components?
Date Fri, 22 Apr 2005 07:18:39 GMT
There is a whole bunch of other Open Source license alternatives:
One very non-restrictive is the zlib/libpng License

Though I have no idea how they relate to ASL. (What clauses makes ASL and 
GPL possibly "incompatible"?)

At 2005-04-21 20:37, you wrote:
>On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 15:28 +0200, Torsten Curdt wrote:
> > Matthijs Wensveen wrote:
> > > Hi everyone,
> > > Maybe this question has been asked a thousand times already, in that
> > > case I am sorry.
> > > I have made a piece of software that I want to place on sourceforge. It
> > > is a library that makes use of lucene and a lot of other jakarta commons
> > > components. Those jars are licenced under the apache licence (2.0). Does
> > > the AL being incompatible with the GPL make it impossible for me to
> > > licence my library under the GPL?
> >
> > AFAIK this (release under GPL but using
> > AL components) should be ok - legally.
>the free software foundation discusses (at length) how they see things
>here: (they do not think
>that you can combine a GPL'd module without another that is ASL2.0'd.)
>this decision was more than a little controversial and others disagree
>(GPL is silent about patents but IIRC some believe that patient grants
>are implied whereas others do not). it is possible that differences in
>statue and legal systems means that different jurisdictions would
>deliver different judgements (if the matter ever came to court).
>so sadly, the only good answer at the moment is: consult a lawyer.
>if you cannot afford to consult a lawyer then my personal advice is to
>carefully read both the ASL2.0 and GPL. then do the right thing
>ethically. even if one day, a court interprets the law in an unexpected
>fashion at least you can hold your head up high and say: i did what i
>thought was right.
>- robert
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