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From "Mattmann, Chris A (388J)" <>
Subject Re: licensing question
Date Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:37:18 GMT
Hey Steve,

On Aug 1, 2012, at 11:08 AM, Steven Bethard wrote:

> 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.)?

If the OpenNLP parser is set by default but a user can change if they want to LGPL, that's
fine I think. Just as long
as the LGPL dep isn't the default, and/or something that a downstream user "really" wants
all the time. In that case,
e.g., if 98% of your users just throw out the OpenNLP thing and automatically switch to the
Berkeley one, then 
we'd probably have to address that. 

But sounds good for now.


Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 171-266B, Mailstop: 171-246
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

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