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From Sam Ruby <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: [jira] [Resolved] (LEGAL-117) Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases
Date Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:52:43 GMT
On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM, Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com> wrote:
>> 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.

Until or unless the ASF Board disbands the Legal Affairs Committee, it
would be this committee that revisits this, not the board nor the
members.  Of course, the members could replace the existing board and
that board could then disband this committee.

It is the (current) policy that the ASF respects the wishes of the
copyright holders.  In particular, I do not see this committee having
any interest in allowing the ASF to produce software which would
require our licensees to make derivative works available under terms
compatible with the GPL, even if that requirement would not affect us.


You may disagree with that policy or with the expressed wishes of the
authors of the GPL, I personally have no interest in debating either
in abstract; instead, when specific needs are identified, they will be
addressed pragmatically.

> 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)

- Sam Ruby

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