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From "Joe Schaefer (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (LEGAL-58) Can Apache projects distribute build files that are LGPL?
Date Mon, 17 Aug 2009 02:38:14 GMT
Can Apache projects distribute build files that are LGPL?
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                 Key: LEGAL-58
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-58
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Question
            Reporter: Joe Schaefer


The Thrift project in the incubator has a few LGPL build files they'd like to distribute
in their upcoming release:

http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/thrift/trunk/lib/rb/setup.rb
http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/thrift/trunk/lib/ocaml/OCamlMakefile (trust me it's
LGPL).

Any reason why they can't do it?  I don't see how this would harm any
of our downstream users (closed source distributors don't need to distribute
the build files, just the artifacts they create, which aren't touched by LGPL
by any rational legal theory).



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