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From Rick Hillegas <Richard.Hille...@Sun.COM>
Subject Derby and the JCP
Date Fri, 04 Aug 2006 20:25:32 GMT
In the next month, Derby plans to generate a new feature release called 
10.2. The Derby community is confused about a possible conflict between 
the Apache 2.0 license and the JCP.

When run on J2SE 1,3, 1.4, or 1.5 there is no problem.

However, when run on Java SE 6, Derby 10.2 will expose JDBC drivers 
which implement an early-draft of the JDBC4 spec, governed by JSR 221: 
http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=221. The proposed final draft of 
that spec may be found at 
http://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/pfd/jsr221/index.html. Item 
(3) in the NOTICE section of that draft requires that Derby ship with 
the following notice. It is this notice which may conflict with the 
Apache 2.0 license:

"This is an application written to interoperate
with an early-draft specification developed under the
Java Community Process (JCP) and is made available for
testing and evaluation purposes only. The code is not
compatible with any specification of the JCP."

We need your guidance:

1) Does this notice conflict with the Apache 2.0 license?

2) In particular, does this notice conflict with the AS IS clause of the 
Apache 2.0 license?

Thanks,
-Rick Hillegas





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