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From Brian Fox <bri...@infinity.nu>
Subject Re: Proposal: Apache Third Party License Policy
Date Mon, 11 May 2015 13:08:07 GMT
On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 6:19 AM, Ted Dunning <ted.dunning@gmail.com> wrote:
> Frankly, in working with commercial adopters of Apache software, one of the
> strongest arguments for the use of Apache licensed software is the current
> policy of not including or requiring GPL and similarly licensed
> dependencies.  Degrading this to a project by project decision would make it
> much harder for developers to get approval for incorporating Apache software
> into products.  The dialog would change from "Apache handles things for us"
> to "we have to examine everything from Apache in minute detail just like any
> project on github".
> In my strongly held opinion, this substantially impairs the ability of
> Apache to do what it set out to do.
> No matter which way the subtle legal points ought to be interpreted, the
> merest fact of debate about these points will simply cause business decision
> makers to push off.  Doubt about matters like this is highly corrosive.
> The key point is that, practically speaking, this corrosion makes the
> adoption of Apache software much harder and that makes Apache software far
> less valuable.



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