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From Geir Magnusson Jr. <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Question about using CPL-licensed software
Date Sat, 05 Mar 2005 00:40:19 GMT

On Mar 4, 2005, at 3:14 PM, Jean T. Anderson wrote:

> The Derby community voted to accept DITA as the source format for the  
> Derby manuals; see:
> http://mail-archives.eu.apache.org/mod_mbox/db-derby-dev/200503.mbox/ 
> %3c20050302193138.488.qmail@web81609.mail.yahoo.com%3e
> There is a license wrinkle to this, which has to do with the DITA  
> Toolkit used for converting document source into human-consumable  
> format, such as html, pdf, or whatever. So far, the SourceForge  
> toolkit is the most interesting because it does what is needed:
> http://mail-archives.eu.apache.org/mod_mbox/db-derby-dev/200503.mbox/ 
> %3c20050303190926.78090.qmail@web81603.mail.yahoo.com%3e
> The SourceForge DITA Toolkit has a CPL license.
> Files in the Toolkit are meant to be copied, then modified for a  
> specific project. This lets a project control the look and feel of the  
> resulting documents.
> Would Apache allow us to copy those CPL-licensed files, modify them  
> for Derby, then check them into the derby svn repository?
> If this would not be allowed, then we need to make it clear to the  
> Derby community that we can use the DITA Toolkit (unmodified) to  
> convert docs, but need to produce our own files that override  
> defaults.

I think the safe way is to write the files that override the defaults.   
Otherwise, this is creating derivative works under the CPL, and  
distributing them from apache under the CPL, which we don't do.


> thanks,
>  -jean
Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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