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From Robert Burrell Donkin <rdon...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Move log4cplus' license to ASL 2.0.
Date Mon, 10 Aug 2009 19:47:14 GMT
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Ceki Gulcu wrote:
> 
> 
> 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.

the original LGPL is too risky from a legal perspective

- - robert
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