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From "Thomas Koch (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HBASE-2383) Please replase crockford-licensed json library
Date Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:10:27 GMT
Please replase crockford-licensed json library
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                 Key: HBASE-2383
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2383
             Project: Hadoop HBase
          Issue Type: Wish
    Affects Versions: 0.20.3
            Reporter: Thomas Koch
            Priority: Trivial


HBase depends on agile-json, which includes the following phrase in its license:

"The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil."

Debian-Legal advised me, that for this phrase the software is considered non-free. As a consequence,
hbase could not be included in the official Debian distribution but only in the contrib repository.
I discussed this issue also with crockford, but he made it clear that he has no intention
to change his license.

http://www.json.org lists several Java Json libraries. Maybe you could take another one with
a more sane license text?

Yes, this issue is highly controversial and you'll most likely not spend the hours of work
only because crockford and Debian are both bullheads.

Just keep this issue open as crockford-remembrance issue. May it help to fight the evil!

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