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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@gbiv.com>
Subject suggest addition of Maven-style redist to JCP templates
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2006 13:06:16 GMT
Hi Geir,

As you probably know, Sun legal provides a template to the JCP for
the various specification licenses, and any deviation from that
template must be approved by Sun legal prior to publication by the PMO.
Unfortunately, the standard template is quite constraining and doesn't
allow redistribution of the API jar by third parties aside from
within independent implementations.

AFAICT, there is no reason for Sun to prevent a Spec Lead from allowing
redistribution of an API jar in its unmodified form for the purpose of
compiling stuff -- the compatibility restriction could be satisfied
by excluding further redistribution of the API jar (aside from under
other license terms granted by the spec lead, such as the Spec License).
The spec license already excludes sublicensing.

Would it be possible to ask the PMO to ask Sun legal to draft an
optional license term for the default template, such that it would
be possible for the Spec Lead to approve redistribution of the API
jar file from the Maven repositories (or such similar use) without
losing the other terms of the license?  I think that would solve
a lot of problems without generating too much fuss.


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