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From "Steve Rowe (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 18:46:39 GMT

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Steve Rowe commented on LEGAL-206:
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Coberatura is a build tool, not test source code.  It's irrelevant to this discussion.

Test source code is not a build tool.

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

Apache distributes source, not binaries.

"Affects the product's licensing" is vague to the point of being meaning-free.

bq. 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.

Calling tests optional is a horrible idea.  The quality level you referred to earlier can't
even be determined without functional tests. Even if it were true that tests could be considered
optional, none of the above-mentioend products have such warnings anywhere.

Your arguments are very squishy, Ralph.  Reading between the lines is a vast understatement.

> "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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