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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 12:37:25 GMT


Alex Blewitt wrote:
> On 26/05/06, Tim Ellison <t.p.ellison@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> 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?
> 
> I wasn't sure about that either (which is why I posted the URL).
> However, I can't find any other specification for the pack200 other
> than this one -- and the JavaDoc for Pack200 pointed me in this
> direction in the first place:
> 
> http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/util/jar/Pack200.html
> 
> "Transforms a JAR file to or from a packed stream in Pack200 format.
> Please refer to Network Trasfer Format JSR 200 Specification at
> http://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/review/jsr200/index.html"
> 
> Does this mean that we can't implement Pack200 by this specification,
> and if so, does that prevent a complete Java 1.5 library from being
> built? Or does it mean that I can't implement it from this
> specification, but I can discuss how to build a pack200 compliant
> algorithm for others to work from?

See my other note.  It's fine - we can build an implementation.

geir

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