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From "Dennis E. Hamilton (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 20:12:40 GMT

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Dennis E. Hamilton commented on LEGAL-117:

@Sam Ruby

Thanks.  Those are useful links.

There is some question about conflicts with GPL-compatibility in some cases that may not be
matters of dual-licensing.

With regard to GPL specifically, I suspect there is a way to accomplish this.

Now that I see the extent of how writing-aid extensions are created, distributed, bundled,
and installed, I agree focus on GPL is important.

With the prospect that circumscribed use of GPLed artifacts is not a show-stopper, I am going
to look ahead to see exactly how GPL is honored in these derivatives (the major ones are under
active maintenance) and how the source versus object question can be resolved in a clean way
that leaves no doubt that GPL is dealt with properly.  

There is a related consideration about where is the "up-stream" for these and how do they
come into the hands of Apache OpenOffice for either bundling or availability as downloadable
extensions.  Since Andrea, for one, seems to have developed a comprehensive OOo-external approach
with other Italian contributors, I want to consult them to understand exactly what the development
process is and how the relationship with Apache OpenOffice can be kept sanitary.

That's a side project, but something is needed.  I don't doubt that releasing binaries without
writing aids would be a giant fail.  (I'm also assuming that not releasing binaries is a bigger

> 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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