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From Steven Bethard <steven.beth...@Colorado.EDU>
Subject Re: licensing question
Date Wed, 01 Aug 2012 18:08:24 GMT
On Aug 1, 2012, at 11:57 AM, Mattmann, Chris A (388J) wrote:
> +1 to making OpenNLP better and eating the ASF dogfood, great response Jörn.

Also +1 on implementing the Berkeley parsing model in OpenNLP, but practically speaking, that's
a *ton* of work and I don't think anyone is going to do that any time soon. Jörn, please
correct me if I'm wrong.

What would Apache think about setting things up so that by default the OpenNLP parser was
used, but making it easy to substitute the Berkeley parser if a downstream user wants to (and
can accept the license requirements, and can add the dependency, etc.)?


> Cheers,
> Chris
> On Aug 1, 2012, at 5:00 AM, Jörn Kottmann wrote:
>> On 08/01/2012 01:01 PM, Miller, Timothy wrote:
>>> There was some chatter last week about resources potentially being downloaded
via maven for license compatibility reasons.  Just wondering if that brings about the possibility
of using external libraries that are not apache-licensed that would also be auto-downloaded
under certain maven build commands.  Specifically I was thinking of the GPL-licensed berkeley
parser which I've used to get significantly higher accuracy than the opennlp parser we currently
wrap in our constituency parser module.
>> Making scripts or maven build commands which download stuff is fine, but it might
>> turn out to be quit limiting for your users which need the freedom of the AL. That
will be
>> a problem if Berkeley is the only option.
>> The HBase people for example have an optional dependency on LZO which is GPL,
>> and people there just need to install and download it themselves.
>> See here:
>> Speaking as an OpenNLP committer now, it would of course be nice to make our parser
>> If you want to work on that we will be happy to get some patches.
>> Jörn
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