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From Ceki Gulcu <c...@qos.ch>
Subject Re: Move log4cplus' license to ASL 2.0.
Date Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:47:59 GMT


Ralph Goers wrote:

> Actually, the objections the ASF has about the LGPL are a very big 
> deal.  The major sticking point is "You may convey a Combined Work under 
> terms of your choice that, taken together, effectively do not restrict 
> modification of the portions of the Library contained in the Combined 
> Work and reverse engineering for debugging such modifications".  Many 
> proprietary licenses include a clause that prohibits reverse engineering 
> their code. That phrase in the LGPL makes such clauses impossible to 
> include. This makes it incompatible with liberal licenses such as the 
> Apache license and is why many corporations that distribute software 
> will not include libraries licensed under the LGPL as part of their 
> product.

As I was trying to explain, the current status quo is not exactly
cast in stone but a mere question of emphasis (of interpretation). The
ASF could soften its stance on LGPL and still keep its soul.

> Ralph

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Ceki Gülcü
Logback: The reliable, generic, fast and flexible logging framework for Java.
http://logback.qos.ch

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