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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: Question related derivative code based on our Apache licensed code
Date Wed, 04 Jan 2012 20:28:23 GMT
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> From: Simon Phipps <>
> To:
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> Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:22 PM
> Subject: Re: Question related derivative code based on our Apache licensed code
> On 4 Jan 2012, at 19:33, Andrew Rist wrote:
>>  In a similar way, (as I understand it) LO will be able to use ALv2 licensed 
> code - but not relicense it.
> Code can be made available under multiple licenses simultaneously, as long as 
> none of the licenses in force have terms that are mutually incompatible. This is 
> especially easy when one of the licenses is a permissive license with minimal 
> compliance requirements. Thus another project can typically include code under a 
> license like AL or BSD and make it available under another license such as 
> LGPLv3.  

It depends on how that is actually done: just going in and changing licensing on
files you have no copyright interest in is actually a violation of copyright law.
However if you make substantive modifications to those files, that derivative
work may be licensed under any terms that are compatible with the original Apache

Modulo the usual discrepancies about the virality of the *GPL in the case of sublicensed
(not "relicensed") code, the above is the ASF's position on the subject AIUI.

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