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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-206) "greenmail" library purported to be ASL may actually be LGPL; is a dependency in several ASF projects
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:40 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-206:
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OK - this may require reading between the lines.  See http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#cobertura.
Cobertura is licensed under the GPL. As you can see, it is acceptable to use during the build.
Also re-read http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#prohibited and note that it specifically
mentions build tools. But more important, it includes the phrase "affects the product's licensing".
 

Unit tests are not generally part of the binaries that user's run with. As such they do not
affect the licensing.

As for imports, I am mentioning optional because you can create optional components for your
project that have dependencies on LGPL'd works so long as the NOTICE file clearly calls it
out and the product documentation explicitly informs users about it.  They can then choose
to not use the optional component. Imports of LGPL'd classes are OK in classes that are part
of the optional component.

> "greenmail" library purported to be ASL may actually be LGPL; is a dependency in several
ASF projects
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-206
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-206
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Hoss Man
>
> Be advised that at least 5 Apache projects appear to depend on a third party library
known as "greenmail" which advertises itself in may places as being licensed under the ASL
2.0, however most of the greemail source files contain headers claiming LGPL.
> This issue requests that the Legal VP advise the affected projects on what they need
to do (if anything) moving forward to be in compliance with ASF policy.
> Projects known to be affected (but there may be more)...
> * Apache Syncope: http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/syncope/trunk/pom.xml
> * Apache Geronimo: https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/geronimo/javamail/trunk/geronimo-javamail_1.4/geronimo-javamail_1.4_provider/pom.xml
> * Apache OODT: http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/oodt/trunk/protocol/imaps/pom.xml
> * Apache Oozie: https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=oozie.git;a=blob;f=pom.xml;h=bad1e0fbee619f2e5020733792c4a09256b69dcf;hb=master
> * Apache Axis2: http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/axis/axis2/java/core/trunk/modules/transport/mail/pom.xml



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