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From Martijn Dashorst <martijn.dasho...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: JSON License and Apache Projects
Date Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:51:31 GMT
Is this a public list, and can I forward this to our dev@ list?

Martijn


On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Jim Jagielski <jim@apache.org> wrote:
> As some of you may know, recently the JSON License has been
> moved to Category X (https://www.apache.org/legal/resolved#category-x).
>
> I understand that this has impacted some projects, especially
> those in the midst of doing a release. I also understand that
> up until now, really, there has been no real "outcry" over our
> usage of it, especially from end-users and other consumers of
> our projects which use it.
>
> As compelling as that is, the fact is that the JSON license
> itself is not OSI approved and is therefore not, by definition,
> an "Open Source license" and, as such, cannot be considered as
> one which is acceptable as related to categories.
>
> Therefore, w/ my VP Legal hat on, I am making the following
> statements:
>
>   o No new project, sub-project or codebase, which has not
>     used JSON licensed jars (or similar), are allowed to use
>     them. In other words, if you haven't been using them, you
>     aren't allowed to start. It is Cat-X.
>
>   o If you have been using it, and have done so in a *release*,
>     AND there has been NO pushback from your community/eco-system,
>     you have a temporary exclusion from the Cat-X classification thru
>     April 30, 2017. At that point in time, ANY and ALL usage
>     of these JSON licensed artifacts are DISALLOWED. You must
>     either find a suitably licensed replacement, or do without.
>     There will be NO exceptions.
>
>   o Any situation not covered by the above is an implicit
>     DISALLOWAL of usage.
>
> Also please note that in the 2nd situation (where a temporary
> exclusion has been granted), you MUST ensure that NOTICE explicitly
> notifies the end-user that a JSON licensed artifact exists. They
> may not be aware of it up to now, and that MUST be addressed.
>
> If there are any questions, please ask on the legal-discuss@a.o
> list.
>
> --
> Jim Jagielski
> VP Legal Affairs
>
>
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