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From "Lawrence Rosen" <lro...@rosenlaw.com>
Subject RE: [jira] [Resolved] (LEGAL-117) Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
Date Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:28:08 GMT
> Sam Ruby resolved LEGAL-117.
> ----------------------------
> 
>     Resolution: Fixed
> 
> Approved.  People have been given ample opportunity to comment, and no
> issues were identified.  Note that this approval is narrow: it only
> applies to the aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice
> binary releases.
> 
> > Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating)
> binary releases


For the record, I believe this is only a modest example of how Apache software can profitably
integrate with GPL software. I encourage other Apache projects who see this need in their
own contexts to submit additional Jira requests for approval. 

At some point, I hope Apache members and the board will revisit this as a full-fledged policy
issue rather than one example at a time. It would be useful for much Apache software if it
too could link -- in proper situations where a derivative work is not created -- with GPL
software.

As a single example, though, I obviously agree with this resolution of LEGAL-117.

/Larry

Lawrence Rosen
Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm (www.rosenlaw.com) 
3001 King Ranch Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Cell: 707-478-8932
Apache Software Foundation, board member (www.apache.org) 



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sam Ruby (Resolved) (JIRA) [mailto:jira@apache.org]
> Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 6:25 AM
> To: legal-discuss@apache.org
> Subject: [jira] [Resolved] (LEGAL-117) Aggregation of GPL dictionaries
> with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
> 
> 
>      [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-
> 117?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel ]
> 
> Sam Ruby resolved LEGAL-117.
> ----------------------------
> 
>     Resolution: Fixed
> 
> Approved.  People have been given ample opportunity to comment, and no
> issues were identified.  Note that this approval is narrow: it only
> applies to the aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice
> binary releases.
> 
> > 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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