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From "Neil Bartlett (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (FELIX-3773) WebConsole uses library with ASL-incompatible licence
Date Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:18:58 GMT

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Neil Bartlett commented on FELIX-3773:
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Thanks for looking these up Felix. The first thread suggests that a specially licensed version
of the library, without the problematic clause, was obtained by the ASF. Was that special
version used for the embedded copy used in WebConsole 3.x? For 4.0, the org.json package is
no longer embedded, so consumers who care about this licence will have to separately obtain
the specially-licensed version, assuming they can find it.

Irrespective of whether this clause is technically incompatible with the ASL, I know that
several organisations I work with cannot accept it. One of those for example is the Eclipse
Foundation.

I would have a strong preference for replacing the use of this library with a more sensible
alternative. I would be willing to work on this, so long as there was a reasonable chance
of my patch being accepted.
                
> WebConsole uses library with ASL-incompatible licence
> -----------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: FELIX-3773
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FELIX-3773
>             Project: Felix
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Web Console
>    Affects Versions: webconsole-4.0.0
>            Reporter: Neil Bartlett
>            Priority: Critical
>
> WebConsole uses the JSON library from json.org that contains the following term in its
licence (http://www.json.org/license.html):
> "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil."
> I believe that this restriction is incompatible with the ASL.

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