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From "Mark Struberg (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-82) Is it ok to USE (rather than DISTRIBUTE) a Category-X dependency? If so, what, precisely, is allowed?
Date Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:03:35 GMT

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Mark Struberg commented on LEGAL-82:

just to make this more clear:
"Not 100% sure though whether/where we need to put this on file. I'd say we contact legal@a.o,
just to be sure." 
did relate to Sergey Ilinskys offer to double license it under ASL for us. Not sure about
the steps/process which needs to be done for this re-licensing.

> Is it ok to USE (rather than DISTRIBUTE) a Category-X dependency?  If so, what, precisely,
is allowed?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-82
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-82
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Dan Haywood
> The Apache Isis project has recently entered the incubator, and we're sorting out dependencies.
 This is a Java project, built using Maven.
> In one of our modules we have an dependency (via Maven) to an LGPL dependency (Hibernate);
in another we have a dependency to a Sleepycat dependency (Berkeley JE).  I see that these
are both "Category X" dependencies (http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-x).
> In response to a question relating to something else, our mentor noted that "... if we
are _not_ distributing [an LGPL dependency] but only _using_ it, then it would be no problem
at all. LGPL projects might be used this way." (see http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-isis-dev/201010.mbox/%3C95888.7913.qm@web27803.mail.ukl.yahoo.com%3E).
> My question is: what exactly is allowed here?  Specifically, does "USE" allow a <dependency>
reference in a Maven POM, with a corresponding <repository> entry so that the end-user
can download the dependency themselves.
> Not to tell a tale here, but I did note in googling that the Lucene project does seem
to have a dependency on Berkeley JE, see http://lucene.apache.org/java/3_0_2/api/contrib-bdb-je/org/apache/lucene/store/je/JEDirectory.html.
 I don't know if they're "USEing" the dependency in the appropriate way?  It would seem like
we want to do what Lucene is doing.
> Many thanks,
> Dan

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