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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, 15 Jan 2012 18:53:39 GMT

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Dennis E. Hamilton commented on LEGAL-117:
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There are other cases that will need to be covered, since many of the writing tools extensions
that are used have content with multiple, different licenses.  I accept that is immaterial
here.

With regard to the specific request, I have been examining these packages and I find the source=object
claim to be questionable.  It may hold up, but I think it requires more evidence.  Some of
these do not strike me as the "preferred form" for maintenance and modification.  I know that
some are hand-modified, but that strikes me as comparable to using debug except that the distributed
form is text, but text that is very difficult to reliably hand-craft.

That may not matter, but I am concerned we are giving source=object too much weight as a factor.
 The problem is not ours, since if there is a preferred form, there is nothing about it in
the packages as currently constructed and licensed. It would be more solid if source=object
is immaterial to the resolution.
                
> 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
>            Assignee: Sam Ruby
>
> 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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