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From "Dennis E. Hamilton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-162) May I use a ALv2 compatible licensed 3rd party library which depends upon and directly uses GPL2/GPL3 APIs?
Date Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:31:16 GMT

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Dennis E. Hamilton commented on LEGAL-162:

It's unfortunate that Neo4J APIs are not LGPL3 rather than GPL3.  That would have made access
by the exposed API less problematic.
> May I use a ALv2 compatible licensed 3rd party library which depends upon and directly
uses GPL2/GPL3 APIs?
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-162
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-162
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Ate Douma
> The actual use-case concerns a possible contribution to Apache Shindig providing optional
support for Neo4J (http://www.neo4j.org).
> Neo4J (API) libraries are distributed under the GPL3 license which of course cannot and
will not be distributed by the ASF.
> The Neo4J support is intended to be fully optional, so Apache Shindig will not depend
on this and the end-user will have to provide the required dependencies itself.
> The proposed contribution currently has a direct dependency on and usage of Neo4J APIs.
> This is already assumed not to be allowed as this causes the GPL3 license to become applicable
to the whole of the (optional) Apache Shindig neo4j support module.
> However, a possible 'workaround' has been proposed by replacing the direct Neo4J API
usages with a 3rd party ALv2 compatible licensed 'bridge' library: Spring Data Neo4j (http://www.springsource.org/spring-data/neo4j).
> This bridge is ALv2 licensed, however it also depends and uses Neo4J APIs directly, and
is not provided by the Neo4J project itself.
> So while this bridge seems to 'hide' the direct GPL3 usage behind an ALv2 'facade', it
seems to me this really is a 'fake' solution, still causing the GPL3 to be applicable, if
> I like to get a clear confirmation or rejection of the above assumption, so we can proceed
with possible accepting/rejecting the contribution as proposed.
> Thanks, Ate

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