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From Chris Olivier <>
Subject Re: Severe legal issues with releases on
Date Sat, 09 May 2020 05:48:17 GMT
do the gpu builds actually include the nvidia cuda libraries such as or just link to them and expect them to be on the machine?

On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 1:50 PM Lausen, Leonard <>

> Hi all,
> is an official Apache Software Foundation release
> channel
> and the MXNet project has been publishing convenience binaries via that
> channel
> since quite a while. Unfortunately it appears that no-one has initiated a
> license review of these convenience binaries, and unfortunately they are
> incompatible with the ASF requirements. They should have never been
> uploaded.
> I recently reached out to Legal to inquire about this issue [1] and Legal
> team
> recommends to remedy the situation ASAP.
> Two issues, out of the potentially larger set of all issues.
> 1) There are GPU builds (mxnet-full_2.11-linux-x86_64-gpu) incorporating
> the
> CUDA SDK and possibly cuDNN, placing the resulting under the
> EULA and cuDNN SLA. This EULA and SLA contain many restrictions, making
> them
> Category-X licenses [1]. No Apache project must under any circumstance
> redistribute such binaries.
> 2) All builds redistribute, which is part of the GNU Fortran
> compiler, part of GCC and subject to the GPL. The GPL is also a Category-X
> license and the same restrictions apply.
> I see the following two potential remedies:
> 1) Ask the Infra team to delete all MXNet releases on
> 2) Ask the Infra team to delete all MXNet GPU releases on
> and provide replacement releases without and other
> potentially
> Category-X files (I found in one of the JARs..)
> If no-one steps up to do 2) or no-one suggests a better option, I
> recommend we
> go for option 1). Let's start discussing the options. Once discussion has
> settled, I'll initiate a lazy consensus or vote session.
> Note that these license rules apply to MXNet as part of the ASF.
> Third-parties
> (individuals or companies) may redistribute binary builds of MXNet
> incorporating
> Category-X licenses, IF they are appropriately labeled and no ASF
> trademarks or
> branding is infringed.
> As for the GPU builds, NVidia or Amazon may be willing to provide
> third-party
> GPU builds. I opened another ticket with Jira to see if such third-parties
> could
> provide them and what considerations would need to be taken into account.
> [3]
> This is similar to the Pypi releases, are third-party releases and not
> performed
> by the MXNet project (though also for them some legal questions remain
> open; in
> particular our Website does not disclaim that these are third-party
> releases).
> Best regards
> Leonard
> [1]:
> [2]:
> [3]:

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