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From Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: LGPL software behind an isolation layer
Date Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:17:38 GMT

On Aug 25, 2009, at 8:11 AM, Ceki Gulcu wrote:

>>>
>>> If the ASF were to ship a binary with glibc statically compiled,  
>>> it would
>>> not pose a problem as long as it is not a privately forked glibc.   
>>> The
>>> source is available from the FSF and reverse engineering is  
>>> permitted for
>>> ASF works.
>> This is not consistent with the position I have seen the legal  
>> committee take for years.
>
> Comes as a bit of a surprise, doesn't it?
>
>> Although reverse engineering of Apache code is allowable under the  
>> Apache license, it may not be under licenses our users choose to  
>> use.  And there are many cases where using such a library could  
>> require that the user of Apache's software must provide access to  
>> their source code so that reverse engineering can take place.
>
> While William's reasoning is hard to follow he has got the relevant
> exception clause on his side:
>
> For reference:
>
> # As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> # distribute this file as part of a program that contains a
> # configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under
> # the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that  
> program.

Ok. But this isn't at all helpful to your use case or any other Java  
application.

Ralph
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