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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 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:19:10 GMT
On Mar 30, 2011, at 9:12 AM, Upayavira wrote:

> 
> 
> On Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:45 -0400, "Greg Stein" <gstein@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:29, Smiley, David W. <dsmiley@mitre.org>
>> wrote:
>>> ...
>>> ..  So what's the problem?  Maybe it's on the ASL side, for which I've always
thought is more permissive than any kind of GPL.
>> 
>> The ALv2 (not ASL) *is* more permissive than the GPL. That isn't the
>> problem.
>> 
>> The issue at hand is ASF policy, not the licensing. We do not want
>> (downstream) users to be surprised by needing code with licenses more
>> restrictive than the ALv2.
>> 
>> It sounds like builders and packagers would need more restrictive code
>> (LGPL), but the actual *users* of the software do not. That the
>> resulting package can be used and distributed *without* LGPL code. And
>> since the distribution has no LGPL code in it, then its reciprocal
>> licensing requirements do NOT come into play, and (thus) the ASF
>> policy is satisfied.
> 
> The next question (asked somewhat rhetorically) is whether a project
> would want to accept such code.
> 
> And this, I see is for each project to decide. To my mind, it would be
> quite acceptable for a project to refuse such code, because they want
> their complete distribution to be Apache Licensed (with no
> downloads/etc). While it may technically be possible and be acceptable
> within ASF policy doesn't mean a project *should* accept the code.


Yep this is my issue. 

Even if there is some (set of) technicality (technicalities) that satisfies the ASF policy,
as a downstream consumer of the software, I'd be wary. Who knows how understanding of any
of these topics will change.

Cheers,
Chris

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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/
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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA
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