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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 18:32:29 GMT

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Sebb commented on LEGAL-54:
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Oops - just noticed I used product incorrectly in "Apache products cannot distribute any such
components." That should be project. The amended text is:

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

Apache PROJECTS 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 PROJECTS 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 PRODUCT or for the PRODUCT 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 PRODUCT without adding the optional components?

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The words in CAPS are the ones I changed, and obviously need to be reverted before adding
to the website.

> 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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