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From "Andrea Pescetti (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-117) Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
Date Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:59:40 GMT

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Andrea Pescetti commented on LEGAL-117:

Answering Dennis using the Italian dictionary as an example:

1. The download location for the independent product is http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/node/1204
(site is currently unstable, you will need to reload the page several times). The package
contains all license notices, displayed upon installation. It doesn't indicate the location
where to get "source" code since we are in the other case foreseen by the GPL, i.e., we convey
the "source" together with the "binary" (they are the same files).

2. Shipped dictionaries are not editable when installed and there are no mechanisms within
OOo or AOO to do so. Since they are text files, a user can still modify them before installation,
but this is not part of this scenario.

3. Same as 2, all dictionaries are installed read-only; the user and the suite only have access
to "user dictionaries", that are handled in a completely different way and use another file

4. To fish out a dictionary you need to explore the installation tree and open the "extensions"
subfolder (which should make you realize this is an extension), reach the extension's own
subfolder and find the corresponding README and LICENSE files for that dictionary alongside
the dictionary files. So it can be safely assumed that a user will notice the licensing terms.
> Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-117
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-117
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Andrea Pescetti
> Localized versions of OpenOffice.org have traditionally included dictionaries (a term
used to designate data files for writing aids in general, like spell-checking dictionaries
and thesauri) under the GPL license. These dictionaries are provided in the form of data files.
> Dictionaries are not a dependency of OpenOffice.org: they are packaged, even in the installer
for native builds, as extensions. Any Windows version of OpenOffice.org is shipped as one
file, containing separate modules for OpenOffice.org and for each linguistic extension (i.e.,
the dictionaries).
> This is possible because OpenOffice.org dictionaries, as confirmed by the Free Software
Foundation in 2007 https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=65039 fall in the "mere aggregation"
provision of the GPL license http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation
> The only remaining issue to be able to include GPL dictionaries in Apache OpenOffice
is thus the Apache policy http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html which forbids GPL software
from being included in Apache projects; but the rationale for this choice http://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html
clearly states that "This licensing incompatibility applies only when some Apache project
software becomes a derivative work of some GPLv3 software", definitely not the case under
> In light of the above, can Apache OpenOffice include GPL spell-checking dictionaries
with its binary releases? 

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