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From "Sam Ruby (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Issue Comment Edited: (LEGAL-58) Can Apache projects distribute build files that are LGPL?
Date Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:39:39 GMT

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Sam Ruby edited comment on LEGAL-58 at 11/23/09 12:39 PM:
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I'm OK with this....

Recapping my understanding: All or part of Thrift is written in the OCaml language, and there
are parts of the OCaml distribution which are licensed under the LGPL which are intended to
be modified and/or distributed with OCaml sources, but are only used at build time.

If so, I'm comfortable treating this as a language/platform dependency, i.e., those who are
OK with OCaml would not have a problem with this.

Unless others see a problem I don't, this should be allowed, not only during incubation, but
also after graduation.

      was (Author: rubys):
    I'm OK with this....

Recapping my understanding: All or part of Thrift is written in the OCaml language, and there
are parts of the OCaml distribution which are licensed under the LGPL which are intended to
be modified and/or distributed with OCaml sources, but are only used at build time.

If so, I'm comfortable treating this as a language/platform dependency, i.e., those who are
OK with OCaml would not have a problem with this.

Unless others see a problem I don't, this should be allowed, not until during incubation,
but also after graduation.
  
> Can Apache projects distribute build files that are LGPL?
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 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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