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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.


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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