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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@gbiv.com>
Subject Re: LGPL Hibernate - legal issue
Date Mon, 07 Nov 2005 19:24:46 GMT
> I believe the FSF has already addressed this point, read:
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/lgpl-java.html

There is no need to discuss this here, particularly since the
above old note from David Turner was exactly the opposite of
"addressed this point".  ASF projects are forbidden to distribute
LGPL libraries because we do not accept the conditions of section 6.

Cliff Schmidt is working with our lawyers and the FSF to obtain
a better clarification on LGPL section 5 (what constitutes linking
in Java) along the same lines as described by Hibernate at
<http://www.hibernate.org/196.html>.  However, whoever wrote that
page for Hibernate failed to understand the terms of the LGPL, since
redistribution of Hibernate bundled with anything that uses Hibernate
causes the entire bundled work to fall under section 6 of the LGPL.
In order for Hibernate's statement to be true, we would need to
have the FSF state that distribution as a separable jar file is
sufficient to be considered a separate, unlinked distribution
(section 4) rather than an executable (section 6).

Personally, I think it would be easier to just write a better
license that is specific to how the developers want their java
library distributed, rather than wasting time trying to make a
pig smell like a rose.

In any case, Jackrabbit doesn't use LGPL libraries, so I have
no idea why this came up here.

....Roy


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