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From "Mark Thomas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-153) May I use a GPL 2.0-licensed Java library in my unit tests?
Date Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:44:13 GMT

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Mark Thomas commented on LEGAL-153:
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Sorry, I can't. I'm not sure where the line is drawn when it comes to unit tests. My personal
view would be not to permit the usage. The unit tests are part of the source and the ASF does
not distribute source that has mandatory dependencies on GPL. If one views the unit tests
as an optional component then that could change the picture. However, I view unit tests as
fundamental to ensuring that the code has been built correctly so I don't think they should
be viewed as optional.

As you can see there are a lot of personal views above so I'm afraid you'll have to wait for
a more official answer from someone more knowledgeable than I.
                
> May I use a GPL 2.0-licensed Java library in my unit tests?
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-153
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-153
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Philip Harvey
>
> I am a Qpid committer.  
> I have read the Previously Asked Questions at http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html
but am still unsure about my intended usage of a Java library.
> I am considering using a library called ClasspathSuite (http://johanneslink.net/projects/cpsuite.jsp)
in the Qpid automated test suite.  It provides convenient functionality to search for tests
matching certain criteria.  
> ClasspathSuite is GPL 2.0 licensed.
> It will be used when compiling and running tests. Depending on technical questions that
are not yet finalised, it will either be:
> 1. Committed to the Qpid Subversion repo, or
> 2. automatically downloaded from a Maven repository at build time by our build script.
> I am not intending to distribute ClasspathSuite with Qpid releases.  
> I would like to know if my intended usage would be permitted.
> Thanks,
> Phil

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