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From "Jim Barnett" <j...@bea.com>
Subject RE: Usage of LGPL libraries ?
Date Fri, 14 Jan 2005 18:41:44 GMT
FWIW, the Apache policy parallels BEA's corporate policy.  I believe
Oracle, as well, does not import LGPL'd code into commercial
projects/products.  Other commercial software vendors probably have
similar developer usage bans.  Are there any discussions underway with
the FSF to encourage updating the LGPL to refine the slippery "linking"
language to enable use of LGPL'd code in ASF projects?

Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: Justin Erenkrantz [mailto:justin@erenkrantz.com] 
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 10:11 AM
To: Paul Libbrecht; legal-discuss@apache.org
Subject: Re: Usage of LGPL libraries ?

--On Friday, January 14, 2005 5:29 PM +0100 Paul Libbrecht 
<paul@activemath.org> wrote:

> What is the ASF policy with respect to using LGPL libraries ?
> We have a case in Jakarata-commons:Jelly where a contribution was made
> that uses an LGPL library (jline) and there seems to be no
> otherwise-licensed equivalent libraries.
>
> Is there any fixed policy about this ?

The current official policy is that you can't introduce dependencies on 
LGPL libraries.  See:

<http://wiki.apache.org/jakarta/Using_20LGPL_27d_20code>

HTH.  -- justin

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