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From Hen <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: LGPL dependency
Date Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:15:11 GMT
Assuming Weex requires Webkit and is unable to work with an alternative,
the issue here is that users of Weex would seem to have to permit reverse
engineering in their legal terms. Our position has been that that goes
beyond the scope of the Apache 2.0 license and would be an unpleasant
surprise for users.

(seem to have to  =>  this is how we've discussed the license; an actual
court may decide something completely different)

Looking at Weex's website's description, it does not seem to be that a user
of Weex will already have agreed to the terms of Webkit; thus I believe
they would be unpleasantly surprised.

Hen

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:49 AM 申远 <shenyuancs@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am a PPMC member of Apache Weex. After serious reviewing of our
> dependencies, I found there some of the source code we copied from Webkit
> is actually under LGPL license(Category X) and our license format tools
> changed the license header of these files to Apache v2 incorrectly. I'd
> like to hear advice from incubator that whether our actions below would fix
> the Category X issue.
>
> First of all, License for Webkit is complicated, as it's said that  "WebKit
> is open source software with portions licensed under the LGPL and BSD
> licenses available here." [1].
>
> Now, Weex includes 1500 header files( .h files) from Webkit at compiling
> stage and around 150 of the are under BSD License. At runtime, Weex will
> dynamic links to the shared library of Webkit.
>
> After some major change, Weex could just include around 50 headers(.h
> files) at compiling stage and all of them are under BSD license. At
> runtime, Weex still needs to dynamic links to the shared library of Webkit
> as before.
>
> As Webkit is under dual license, and it's almost impossible for us to
> figure out whether there is an function call chain like
> Weex.apiA->Webkit.BSD.apiB->Webkit.BSD.apiC->Webkit.LGPL.apiD. I'd like to
> know our proposed change is enough to fix the Category X dependency.
>
> [1] https://webkit.org/licensing-webkit/
>
> Best Regards,
> YorkShen
>
> 申远
>

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