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From "Sam Ruby (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-117) Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
Date Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:34:40 GMT

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Sam Ruby commented on LEGAL-117:
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@Dennis:

First a general comment: a number of permissive licenses are one way compatible with more
restrictive licenses, such as the GPL: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/quick-guide-gplv3-compatibility.png

As to specific other licenses, those questions can be pursued separately.  If we determine
that the inclusion of even one part of GPL-licensed content makes such dictionaries something
that can't be included in binary distributions by the ASF, there probably isn't a need for
follow-up questions.  If we determine that it is OK to include GPL-licensed content in dictionaries
as used by Apache Open Office, then the follow-up questions are likely to be easier to resolve.

In particular, and if we get to that point, we would only need to evaluate licenses which
are incompatible with the GPL in that they contain restrictions over and above what the GPL
license allows.  The following lists may be helpful in that effort:

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLIncompatibleLicenses
                
> 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
discussion.
> In light of the above, can Apache OpenOffice include GPL spell-checking dictionaries
with its binary releases? 

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