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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: Intention to work on Pack200 uncompressor/compressor
Date Fri, 26 May 2006 12:35:41 GMT

Tim Ellison wrote:
> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
>> Jimmy, Jing Lv wrote:
>>>> Alex Blewitt wrote:
>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>> I'd like to start work on an implementation of the pack200
>>>> decompression algorithm, from the specification which is available at
>>>> http://www.jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/first/jsr200/
>>> I shall give you a warm welcome for implementation of Pach200! :)  But
>>> as I know few about the legality, I wonder it is legal for us(Harmony
>>> developers) to read such algorithm directly from jcp.org? Can anyone
>>> give an answer? Let's go ahead if there's no obstacle.
>> What?  If we implement a spec from the JCP, we get the TCK and pass it.
>>  That's it.
> The license I get to by following the URL above states (amongst other
> things):
> "This license includes the right to discuss the Specification (including
> the right to provide limited excerpts of text to the extent relevant to
> the point[s] under discussion) with other licensees (under this or a
> substantially similar version of this Agreement) of the Specification.
> Other than this limited license, you acquire no right, title or interest
> in or to the Specification or any other Sun intellectual property, and
> the Specification may only be used in accordance with the license terms
> set forth herein."
> IANAL but that doesn't appear to give us rights to implement the spec
> via that source?  What am I missing?

Alex gave us the link to the Proposed Final Draft, which isn't licensed 
for implementation, not the final spec itself.

That can be found here


and is under the usual spec license (which I can probably repeat by 
heart at this point).

My question though is not about this, but if it's part of the Java SE 5 
spec and therefore would be tested w/ the Java SE 5 TCK.  I guess I can 
go dig into the documentation around JSE 5.

I'm guessing not, and therefore we'll need the standalone TCK for JSR 200.


> Regards,
> Tim

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