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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: a harmonious and inclusive community
Date Mon, 25 Jul 2005 01:33:42 GMT
Sorry if this went off the rails a bit... I really was just teasing.

But on a serious note, would it be possible for someone to give a  
good technical description of the GNU Classpath VM interface so that  
people who aren't aware and for whatever reason can't read it on the  
classpath site due to legal reasons can be brought up to speed?

I know the legal stuff gets tiring.... but it would be good for the  
discussion that's been started.


On Jul 24, 2005, at 2:01 PM, Sven de Marothy wrote:

> On Sun, 2005-07-24 at 04:19 +0200, Robert Schuster wrote:
>> Does 'them' mean the VM interface? If yes, then I do not see a  
>> problem.
>> IMHO we (=Classpath) should release the interface as MIT/X11  
>> license or
>> even place it in the public domain.
>> Would that be a feasible option?
> IANAL. But as far as I'm concerned, an API is not copyrightable* in
> itself, so it's in the public domain to begin with.
> I'd personally prefer not to put a license on this, not only because
> it's redundant, but because Sun has expressed the legal fantasy  
> that an
> API is copyrightable. And I wouldn't want GNU Classpath to take an
> action supporting that view, because in the same view Classpath is
> infringing Sun's copyrights.
> A better solution would perhaps to simply make a statement or  
> affidavit
> on the status of the API saying: "We do not believe this is
> copyrighted." But let's leave that to FSF-legal.
> Kaffe is under the GPL and implements a lot of the Java class library
> APIs. Does that mean Sun's implementation infringes on the GPL? Or  
> is it
> Kaffe which is infringing? And Linux is infringing on The Open Group's
> POSIX license. And so on and so forth.
> *Computer Associates International, Inc. versus Altai, Inc., (US 2nd
> Circuit 1992) frames the issue squarely.
> /Sven

Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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