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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Using 3rd party (LGPL) jars in Java projects
Date Sun, 27 May 2007 14:02:17 GMT
There seem to be at least two pages discussing the use of LGPL code in
Java projects:

[1] http://www.apache.org/legal/3party.html

[2] http://wiki.apache.org/jakarta/Using_LGPL'd_code

[1] says that it is possible to have an optional dependency on an
externally hosted LGPL libary.

Later it says:

YOU MAY include code within the Apache product necessary to achieve
compatibility with a prohibited work through the use of API calls,
"bridge code", or protocols, provided that the compatibility code was
contributed under a CLA.

It's not clear to me exactly what this means for Java projects.

Can an Apache committer contribute source code that "imports" packages
from the LGPL library, and uses methods etc from the LGPL library?

If a build is made against a private copy of an LGPL library, is it
then OK to distribute the build provided that the LGPL libary is
excluded from the distribution?

Or does the build need to be made against API library code contributed
under a CLA?

As to [2] - is any of it still relevant?

Sebb

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