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From David Boreham <>
Subject Re: [bdbje] [Licensing] Open Source verses Commercial Use
Date Mon, 25 Jul 2005 14:54:30 GMT
Paul Franz wrote:

> As a way around the redistribution restriction, couldn't a person 
> create their application to use the Berkley DB JE API, but not 
> redistribute it. Instead have the person installing the application 
> grab it and install it separately. Therefore the person distributing 
> the application would not be violating the license while still letting 
> them develop against it.
> Is the above correct, or am I missing something?

I think this is called Redistribution by Proxy, and it's not allowed (or 
it puts you in exactly the same position wrt the licence as if you had
distributed the bits directly).

GPL'ed code like the JE basically makes you release all the source
code for the process into which you link it. This is one of the things
that the Apache Licence doesn't make you do, so they're fundamentally

I guess Apache DS depends on a Java runtime, and Java isn't Apache Licensed,
but presumably that's not a problem...

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