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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-54) Resolved.html should discuss optional dependencies.
Date Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:37:18 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-54:

Actually, the abstract answer is already "yes". The issue to be resolved here is that http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-x
gives the impression that the answer is "no". http://www.apache.org/legal/3party.html#transition
already says works under the LGPL (and other restricted licenses) can be used as optional
dependencies and describes how. Sam proposed the wording that is incorporated there http://markmail.org/message/r4wbsivdlvwtoc5u.
What I am attempting to fix is the need to a) ask permission for something that has already
been granted and b) have to search, open a Jira issue or send an email to find out it is OK.
 If you are proposing that the text in 3party.html be changed then I would suggest you open
a separate Jira issue for that.

If you don't like the text I proposed then just make the answer to the question restate what
is in 3party.html.  The statement I suggested regarding components used during the build process
has since been addressed by LEGAL-58.

> Resolved.html should discuss optional dependencies.
> ---------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-54
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-54
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Task
>            Reporter: Ralph Goers
> I recommend something like the following.
> Change the answer to "Which licenses may NOT be included within Apache products?"
> Apache products may not require components under the following licenses. 
> ...
> Q. Can Apache projects use components under prohibited licenses for optional use?
> Apache project must not distribute works under a prohibited licensed or require a work
under a prohibited license
> to perform functions essential to normaloperation. However, projects may use LGPL licensed
works in optional
> features that are not enabled by default. 
> Apache projects may also use components under a prohibited license as part of the project's
build process or on their web site where they meet all the legal obligations of the license.

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