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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-54) Resolved.html should discuss optional dependencies.
Date Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:05:29 GMT

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Sebb commented on LEGAL-54:
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I would like to suggest a slightly different wording for Q2/A2 and Q3/A3.

Q2. Can Apache projects rely on components under prohibited licenses?

Apache products cannot distribute any such components.
As with the previous question on platforms, the component can be relied on if the component's
licence terms do not affect the Apache product's licensing.
For example, using a GPL'ed tool during the build is OK.

Q3. Can Apache projects rely on components whose licensing affects the Apache product?

Apache products cannot distribute any such components.
However, if the component is only needed for optional features, a project can provide the
user with instructions on how
to obtain and install the non-included work. Optional means that the component is not required
for
standard use of the project or for the project to achieve a desirable level of quality. The
question to
ask yourself in this situation is:

* "Will the majority of users want to use my project without adding the optional components?

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Is that acceptable?

> 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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