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From Jeff Mesnil <>
Subject Re: ObjectWeb (was Re: ASM looks cool but LGPL)
Date Tue, 02 Sep 2003 14:06:45 GMT
James Strachan wrote:

> On Monday, September 1, 2003, at 06:22  pm, Fran├žois LETELLIER 
> (ObjectWeb) wrote:
>> James' point is good advocacy for the APL. However the question here 
>> is not a question of license, but a question of policy. It'd be a 
>> choice for JOnAS teams to change license (keeping in mind that all 
>> copyright holders would have to agree), just as much as it'd be a 
>> choice for Geronimo teams to take on then LGPL - or any other OSL.
> Just to be clear. We have *no* choice at Apache. We *cannot* legally 
> use any LGPL or GPL code. 

Indeed, the FSF states that  APL code is not compatible with *GPL[1] 
(but the opposite is ok).

> No. There are many licences that BSD / ASF style licences can work 
> with. It just cannot work with LGPL or GPL. i.e. its just LGPL and GPL 
> which are viral & can't work with other commercial or open source 
> licences.

James, I haven't been able to find on Apache web site a list of APL 
compatible licenses. Do you know if such a
document exist?



Jeff Mesnil	INRIA - ObjectWeb Consortium
JOTM project leader
email: jmesnil at

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