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From "Ryan Blue (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (LEGAL-230) Is binary dependency on Xerial's Snappy-Java library acceptable for ASF projects?
Date Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:47:39 GMT

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Ryan Blue updated LEGAL-230:
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    Attachment: snappy-java-1.1.2.1.text

[~jimjag], the jar does contain .so files that are used at runtime via JNI. I'm attaching
a file listing from the latest jar. If those shared objects are statically linked with libstdc++,
then the snappy-java artifact does contain and distribute libstdc++.

> Is binary dependency on Xerial's Snappy-Java library acceptable for ASF projects?
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-230
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-230
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Joseph Witt
>         Attachments: snappy-java-1.1.2.1.text
>
>
> Hello
> Several ASF projects such as NiFi, Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, and apparently others have a
direct or transitive dependency on Xerial's Snappy Java library.  
> That library can be found here:
>   https://github.com/xerial/snappy-java
> It's license shows that it is ASLv2.
>   https://github.com/xerial/snappy-java/blob/develop/LICENSE
> However, upon reviewing its NOTICE I find reference to it depending on a statically linked
library used under the GNU Runtime Exception.
>   https://github.com/xerial/snappy-java/blob/develop/NOTICE
> In reviewing the ASF Category-X guidance here:
>   http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-x
> It appears that usage of libraries under the GNU special exceptions are not allowed.
> Can someone please help guide whether usage of Xerial's Snappy Java is acceptable or
not acceptable in Apache projects?



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