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From "Pedro Giffuni (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 16:48:39 GMT

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Pedro Giffuni commented on LEGAL-117:
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@Sam
I think I have found a relevant issue that it's really more specific to ASF policies, and
may have to be dealt with in this case.

It has been stated here that 'since dictionaries are data files (text files), "binary" and
"source" form are actually the same thing'.

For reciprocal licenses the Third-Party Licensing Policy is clear: "Note that works written
in a scripting language without a binary form cannot be included in any ASF product under
one of these licenses (see Transition and Exceptions)."

This would, in principle apply to GPL'd dictionaries but most importantly to weak copyleft
(MPL'd) too. Reading further, Apache policies have specifically dealt this with this situation
by defining a special rule for incubating projects. According to this link:

http://www.apache.org/legal/3party.html#transition

We need an authorized exception for this case and according to the General Rule this will
give us time until the second ASF release. I understand this issue is also under current revision
(every 6 months?).


                
> 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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