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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Java EE schema license question
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2006 17:00:00 GMT
We recently noticed this problem also and have removed all the sun  
schemas from our distributions and active svn branches.  Earlier  
releases (up through 1.1) included the j2ee 1.4 schemas, and we  
haven't made any attempt to stop distributing them or modify the svn  
tags for the releases to remove  the sun schemas.

What we've done is to put the sun schemas in the non-public tck repo  
and generate xmlbeans artifacts from them.  We distribute the  
xmlbeans source  and compiled classes, while removing the actual  
schemas themselves.

This does seem slightly silly since sun does not require a click- 
through license to access them  from the web: we could also have  
generated the xmlbeans artifacts by downloading the schemas at build  
time.  I decided against this approach because it would prevent  
offline builds and because sun has sometimes changed the schemas  
without changing any versioning info and I'd prefer to know what it  
is we are building from.

IIUC Geir would be the one to negotiate a license and since IIRC he  
pointed out the problem  to us I assume he regards it as extremely  
unlikely that we can get a license to redistribute the files.

david jencks

On Oct 30, 2006, at 6:46 AM, Dan Diephouse wrote:

> CC'ing cxf-dev and apache legal, as it pertains to Geronimo, but I  
> think it would be good for us (CXF) to hear from legal  The part of  
> the license that concerns me is this:
> No part of this document may be reproduced in any form by any means  
> without prior written authorization of Sun and its licensors, if any.
> Does G have prior written authorization to include it as part of  
> the source distro? Does Apache as a whole? Can we as an incubating  
> project redistribute this in our source distribution? If not can we  
> do so temporarily until we're able to obtain authorization?
> - Dan
> Bozhong Lin wrote:
>> re-sending with Java EE schema URL links included:
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Java EE schema license question
>> Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 12:31:05 +0800
>> From: Bozhong Lin <>
>> To:
>> Hi,
>> Apache CXF currently use java EE 5 [1] schema, and would like to  
>> include
>> the schema in distribution if that is allowed from copyright
>> perspective. From the copyright statement included in the schema  
>> file,
>> it seems to be very strict for redistribution. I found that Geronimo
>> source distribution includes java EE 1.4 schema [2], which has  
>> similar
>> copyright statement. I just wonder if this ever was a legal issue for
>> you guys, and how you guys get around of this if so?
>> Thanks for the insight!
>> Cheers,
>> Bo
> -- 
> Dan Diephouse
> Envoi Solutions
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