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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-54) Resolved.html should discuss optional dependencies.
Date Sat, 19 Dec 2009 21:17:21 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-54:

Again, I disagree. The long history was in saying category X licenses couldn't be used at
all. It is only fairly recently that the discussion and approval of using LGPL'd works in
optional dependencies has come up and been approved. A good question for you is "Under what
circumstances would you consider an optional dependency on an LGPL'd work to not be OK"? Since
the LGPL is triggered by distribution I cannot think of any.  Requiring everyone to have to
come to legal-discuss or open a new Jira issue for each LGPL'd work seems pointless if the
answer will always be the same.

> 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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