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From "Henri Yandell" <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Use of proprietary binaries
Date Sun, 23 Nov 2008 18:25:42 GMT
Sorry for missing the bit about not distributing it Michael. On to
guidance. I don't see any legal reason why we can't include it in svn
- we're allowed to distribute it, just no one downstream without their
own license from IBM.

My biggest worry would be that some people would tar up an svn co -
even for example our taritup scripts. I'd be tempted to make an svn
location called 'donotredistribute' and svn:external it in. The nature
of svn means it'll be pretty obvious - plus a README file can explain
that (I wouldn't use the NOTICE).

Hope that helps, and sorry for answering the wrong question,


On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM, Michael Dick <michael.d.dick@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I work on the OpenJPA project and we have an issue with a compilation
> dependency on an API owned by IBM.
> IBM provided the API in binary format with a license that allows us to
> distribute it with our application (ie OpenJPA). It's my understanding that
> we are not allowed to publish the binary elsewhere though (for example we
> would not be allowed to put it on my home directory on people.apache.org).
> I wasn't sure how we could limit the exposure of the API, and the best
> solution I  came up with was to include it in version control (SVN).
> As a result anyone who extracts the source code from SVN gets a copy of the
> API, and may use it to compile OpenJPA. However we do not distribute the jar
> with the pre-compiled binary distributions of OpenJPA. If the API is needed
> we expect it to be provided by IBM (WebSphere in this case).
> I'm looking for guidance on how where we should include and document binary
> dependencies like this one. Can we include a binary like this is SVN and
> just add the approriate disclaimer to NOTICE.txt? Would it be better to make
> the API available on openjpa.apache.org and download it from there as a part
> of our build?
> In case it helps the license that the jar was distributed with is available
> on my people.apache.org page at
> http://people.apache.org/~mikedd/ibm-uow-license.txt.
> Thanks in advance,
> -mike

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