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From "Lawrence Rosen" <lro...@rosenlaw.com>
Subject RE: MySQL licensing policy
Date Fri, 06 Apr 2007 18:38:01 GMT
I have asked the general counsel at MySQL for clarification. Much of their
licensing statement seems over-reaching to me. I'll let you know when he
responds. /Larry Rosen


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Torsten Curdt [mailto:tcurdt@apache.org]
> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 10:54 AM
> To: Mike Heath
> Cc: legal-discuss@apache.org
> Subject: Re: MySQL licensing policy
> 
> > The way I understand it, MySQL AB is basically saying that any
> > implementation of the MySQL protocol is a derivative work of the MySQL
> > server and must therefor be licensed under the GPL.  This is
> > incongruent with projects like Samba that have reversed engineered
> > Microsoft protocols.  Is MySQL AB's policy really enforceable?
> 
> IANAL ...but I see a difference to Samba. Samba has been implemented
> without any documentation about the protocol. And they were really
> carefully to make sure that was the case.
> 
> IMO implementing a protocol forcing a license onto the actual
> implementation is absolutely wrong - but that is just my personal
> opinion.
> 
> > If anyone has any insight into this it would be very helpful.
> 
> Maybe you should rather ask the FSF?
> 
> cheers
> --
> Torsten
> 
> 
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