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From "Roy T. Fielding (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-207) May Apache projects have dependencies with prohibited licenses in test code?
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:26:40 GMT

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Roy T. Fielding commented on LEGAL-207:
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Java is a third party dependency that is not open source. The answer is "yes", obviously.
The better question is whether the dependency can be distributed with our products. That depends
on the license given for redistribution of the dependency and cannot be decided in the abstract.

Regardless, the legal-discuss forum should be about legal issues, not policy issues. Each
PMC has the right to determine what is included in their products to the extent it is legal
(this committee's concern) and allowed by policy (the board's concern). If the question is
not about the legality of distribution, then it doesn't belong here.

> May Apache projects have dependencies with prohibited licenses in test code?
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-207
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-207
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Steve Rowe
>
> Spinoff from LEGAL-206.
> Are ASF projects allowed to distribute test source code that will not compile without
a 3rd party dependency that has a prohibited license?
> For example, Java test code that includes lines of the form:
> {code:java}
> import com.example.Myclass;
> ...
> Myclass clazz = new Myclass();
> {code}
> where the definition of {{com.example.Myclass}} is included in a 3rd party dependency
that has a prohibited license.
> While most products are unlikely to include compiled test source code with convenience
binaries (though some projects do, including Apache Lucene's "Lucene Core" and Solr products),
the ASF distributes source, so non-inclusion in binary distributions should not affect the
answer here. 
> This question is not directly addressed anywhere that I can find.



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