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From "John D. Ament (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-198) Amazon Software License compatibility
Date Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:36:58 GMT

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John D. Ament commented on LEGAL-198:
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To me, the skipping points for the license are these two sections:

{quote}
3.2 Derivative Works. You may specify that additional or different terms apply to the use,
reproduction, and distribution of your derivative works of the Work (“Your Terms”) only
if (a) Your Terms provide that the use limitation in Section 3.3 applies to your derivative
works, and (b) you identify the specific derivative works that are subject to Your Terms.
Notwithstanding Your Terms, this License (including the redistribution requirements in Section
3.1) will continue to apply to the Work itself.
3.3 Use Limitation. The Work and any derivative works thereof only may be used or intended
for use with the web services, computing platforms or applications provided by Amazon.com,
Inc. or its affiliates, including Amazon Web Services, Inc.
{quote}

Projects that include the kinesis library are derived works from it, so they fall under the
restrictions of this license.  Item a likely doesn't work for us since apache projects don't
put forth any additional limitations on the consumers of the project.  Item b doesn't work
for us since the apache license does not put such restrictions on consumers.  Section 3.3
is the odd one, since yes it makes sense that you would only use this if you were using the
kinesis service, but it inherently blocks use by API compatible services.

> Amazon Software License compatibility
> -------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-198
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-198
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Matei Zaharia
>
> We recently received a patch to add support for the Amazon Kinesis data source in Apache
Spark, which uses the following library: https://github.com/awslabs/amazon-kinesis-client
licensed under the Amazon Software License: https://aws.amazon.com/asl/. Would it be okay
to have a Maven dependency on this library in an Apache project? From a quick look at the
license, it seems reasonable, but I’d like to double-check. The one restriction that may
be strange is "3.3 Use Limitation. The Work and any derivative works thereof only may be used
or intended for use with the web services, computing platforms or applications provided by
Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates, including Amazon Web Services, Inc.”. However, it also
says "derivative works shall not include works that remain separable from, or merely link
(or bind by name) to the interfaces of, the Work", so I'm not sure our project would be a
derivative work.



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