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From "Sean Busbey (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-251) Can an Apache Project depend upon a binary-only dependencies available under a permissible license
Date Mon, 02 May 2016 17:11:12 GMT

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Sean Busbey commented on LEGAL-251:
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bq. 2. The ASF hosted binary distribution should not include the plugin and the MapR-DB client
libraries.

The binary for the plugin is fine, but the MapR-DB client library can't be included if it
isn't open source.

> Can an Apache Project depend upon a binary-only dependencies available under a permissible
license
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-251
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-251
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Aditya Kishore
>
> While researching on this, ran into many related queries and their answers but could
not find one which address this specifically.
> In one place, LEGAL-230, it appears it is okay to depend on a binary whose source code
is not published but is available under a permissible license.
> To ask it specifically, let's say if there is a binary version of a library, 'foo', available
under one of the permissible license but no source is available.
> In such case, can an Apache project
> # Have a compile time dependency on such binary?
> # Include this binary in its distribution?
> Thanks for your help!
> *Updated*: to add specific information.
> [Apache Drill|http://drill.apache.org/] has a pluggable storage plugin model which allows
it to access data from variety of data sources.
> One of the plugin, enables access to [MapR-DB|http://www.maprdb.io/] which is a proprietary
NoSQL database and thus its client libraries are not released with sources.
> So far the Drill/MapR-DB plugin code is hosted outside of Drill main code base and I
was hoping to contribute the maprdb plugin source code with other [storage plugins|https://github.com/apache/drill/tree/master/contrib].
> This plugin code depends upon maprdb client which is not available in source format.



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