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From "Jochen Wiedmann (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-89) Can an Apache release have a dependency on classes that are in OpenJDK 7 under GPLv2 with the classpath exception?
Date Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:58:59 GMT

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Jochen Wiedmann commented on LEGAL-89:
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Leaving for a moment the legal implications of LGPL aside: I understand that you are *implementing*
the specification as opposed to copying classes or other stuff like that? While the latter
would certainly be a reason to bring up this issues question, the former (IMO) won't. There
are numerous examples of specifications implemented in Apache. Even more, there are exampes
where the API's are copied. (See the Geronimo specs project.)


> Can an Apache release have a dependency on classes that are in OpenJDK 7 under GPLv2
with the classpath exception?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-89
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-89
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Kathey Marsden
>
> The Derby community is  getting ready to cut a release candidate for our 10.8
> release which includes  implementations of JDBC 4.1 methods generally described
> in the document  JDBC-4.1_Changes.html attached to DERBY-4869.
> The full specification as I  understand it is in the form of javadoc API
> checked into OpenJDK 7 codeline.  The licensing for  OpenJDK is outlined here:
> http://openjdk.java.net/legal/. 
> Contrary to previous  JDBC spec releases, there does not seem to be a separate generally
available pdf  describing the changes.  The changes are outlined within the source code in
 javadoc as part of JSR336 Java SE 7 with spec license terms are outlined  in section 2.1.18
at http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=336. Note Derby as implementing a JDBC driver is not
implementing a JSR, only referencing one.
> The  Derby code changes associated with DERBY-4869 were contributed by an Oracle  employee
and Derby committer and PMC member Rick Hillegas  and all have the  grant Apache ASL v2 box
marked.     Knut Anders Hatlen (also from  Oracle) looked at the classes in the java.sql and
java.sqlx Classes   and verified that they all are GPL2 with the classpath exception. Is 
there reason for legal concern, license, patent or other with releasing
> Derby  10.8 with JDBC 4.1? 

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