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From "Mattmann, Chris A (388J)" <chris.a.mattm...@jpl.nasa.gov>
Subject Re: Building ASL code requiring LGPL 3rd party
Date Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:16:22 GMT
Hi Ralph,

>> No you haven't. You said it's optional. That's not strictly true since the LGPL infected
code that's part of your patch would be part of the tarball that the Lucene project has distributed
in the past (and will distribute) aka its contrib as part of its source.
> Technically that statement is not correct. The LGPL allows clients to reference the interfaces
without the code itself having to be licensed under the LGPL, so there is no "infection" in
this particular case.

Ehhh, what's an "interface" though? That's a sticky point. 

It seems from his patch that there are concrete classes from JTS being used, and *not* interfaces,
no? Thanks for the clarification regardless.


Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 171-266B, Mailstop: 171-246
Email: chris.a.mattmann@nasa.gov
WWW:   http://sunset.usc.edu/~mattmann/
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

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