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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 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:27:40 GMT

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Andrea Pescetti commented on LEGAL-117:
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Risks that this could be mispackaged and stop being aggregation do not exist: modern versions
of OpenOffice.org (and thus, Apache OpenOffice) only provide and use dictionaries in the form
of extensions, so the packaging is separate by design.

Downloading: indeed it is an option we discussed, but it has several major drawbacks with
respect to mere aggregation, like requiring a redesign of significant portions of the application
and being unpractical for many of the Apache OpenOffice use cases we expect (i.e., usage in
countries where Internet access is not ubiquitous, or usage in structures like schools that
may apply strict policies on downloads). And in this moment it would also require us to restructure
the extensions hosting, that already has traffic problems and that would not be able to sustain
the traffic.

Being clear on licenses: as Rob wrote, we can take advantage of the fact that Apache OpenOffice
is a GUI application to give effective information to users.
                
> 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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