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From Luis Villa <l...@lu.is>
Subject Re: LEGAL-224: Are Doxygen config files GPL?
Date Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:52:33 GMT
I might suggest that in this case the best solution is to contact the
author and ask them to relicense the file or otherwise grant explicit
blessing. I seem to recall doxygen has been pretty reasonable about this
stuff in the (admittedly distant) past.

Luis

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 11:43 AM Ryan Blue <blue@cloudera.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I opened an issue, LEGAL-224 [1], but I wanted to raise the question
> here also. Avro currently contains Doxygen config files, like many other
> projects. Those are generated by Doxygen and then updated for the
> project. The problem, however, is that they are based on a GPL source
> file [2].
>
> Doxygen states that "Documents produced by Doxygen are derivative works
> derived from the input used in their production; they are not affected
> by this license". But, the input file used to derive the output in this
> case is a GPL-licensed file in Doxygen itself, not a source file from
> the project.
>
> Can we ship a source release with these files? Should we recreate the
> files from scratch?
>
> I don't think it is the intent of the Doxygen license for this file to
> be GPL, but it appears to me that it is anyway. Should we ask for the
> license to be updated with an exclusion for the configuration files?
>
> rb
>
> [1]: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-224
> [2]: https://github.com/doxygen/doxygen/blob/master/src/config.xml
>
> --
> Ryan Blue
> Software Engineer
> Cloudera, Inc.
>
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