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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: FreeMarker license
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:59:15 GMT
The 4-clause BSD license does not seem to appear on at all. So I think you need
to go to legal.

I confess that I don't understand the problem with JSP pages in the
first place. All the pieces you need are either Apache or Eclipse in
my experience.

On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 6:52 AM, Andy Seaborne <> wrote:
> Dear Mentors (mainly),
> Before going to legal@ or LEGAL-, I'd like to get advice about this license.
>  The objective is to redistribute the binary in the Fuseki server jar.
> The server jar is a single jar of all the binaries combined.  You can run
> Fuseki with "java -jar OneJar".  So it's unpacking the original binary and
> repacking in a combined jar.
> Question: is it worth even pursuing this route?
> The license is at:
> it is BSD...ish.  It has 4 clauses:
> 1 - the BSD clause about source code distribution.
> 2 - The binary redistribution clause is replaced by one needing either
> acknowledge in end-user documention or acknowledgement "in the software in
> the normal place"
> 3 - No endorsement by using the name FreeMarker.
> 4 - Name protection clause.
> Their copyright date is out of date :-)  They released in 2011.
>        Andy
> PS
> Plan B1 is use Velocity but that seems to need an external file and has
> issues with unnecessary dependencies.
> Plan B2 is to use StringTemplate which is 3-clause BSD.  But it's not quite
> up to date in maven central (4.0.2 vs 4.0.5).
> Velocity : I didn't find out how to control velocity without an external
> file like tools.xml; to use velocity-tools I either ended up with a lot of
> extra stuff, or had to tune the maven excludes to avoid pulling in struts
> (this is fixed in Velocity tools 2.1 but it's not out yet and Fuseki needs
> non-snapshots to release with).   I may revisit this if I have time.

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