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From Pedro Giffuni <>
Subject GPL'd dictionaries (was Re:
Date Sat, 05 Nov 2011 00:30:12 GMT
Hi Andrea;

I have been looking at the situation of the dictionaries,
and particular the italian dictionary.

You are right that it will not be covered by the SGA.
Perhaps more worrying is that the italian dictionary is
the only dictionary under the GPL; most others are triple
licensed (LGPL/MPL/GPL).

We are not allowed to use it, so it will be removed
from the SVN server for sure. Beyond that ... well
I am not a lawyer and I don't have any idea how the
GPL could be enforced in this case, but things are
not nice.


--- On Fri, 11/4/11, Andrea Pescetti  wrote:

> Marcus (OOo) wrote:
> > Am 11/04/2011 03:01 PM, schrieb Rob Weir:
> >> Did we lose the ftp site as well? ...
> >> I don't know how widely that was used, but it
> seems to have been where
> >> many of the NL spell checking dictionaries were
> stored:
> > Many dic's are stored in the mirror network like
> here:
> >
> > But I don't how current it is when looking at the
> timestamps.
> The Italian dictionary listed there is a rather outdated
> version (2005 and 2006). The current version is at
> and in general all (or "all the relevant") dictionaries, as
> far as I know, are now packaged as extensions.
> >> If these dictionaries are under the SGA and part
> of the project, they
> >> should probably go into SVN or onto the website.
> Otherwise they could
> >> go to Apache-Extras.
> > It seems that this is valid for 2.x releases. I
> remember that we have
> > build-in these for 3.x. But I'm not sure.
> The Italian dictionary is not under Oracle's copyright and
> it can't be covered by the SGA (which leaves us with many
> practical issues now); the same probably holds for many
> other dictionaries.
> Most dictionaries there are now repackaged as extensions,
> but this doesn't affect their licence or the copyright
> owners, it is mere packaging.
> Regards,
>   Andrea.

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