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From Chris Mattmann <mattm...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Facebook BSD+patents license and Apache products
Date Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:24:10 GMT
Thank you Joan. I sent the below referenced message to all pmcs@ and their aliases,
so they should have received it.


On 7/15/17, 2:20 PM, "Joan Touzet" <joant@lrtw.org> wrote:

    Hi Chris,
    We have been discussing this in the Apache CouchDB PMC, and wanted to
    ensure that other projects note that the extremely popular React.JS
    library[1] falls under the same "Facebook BSD+Patents" license. You may
    want to inform other PMCs (especially those building web interfaces) of
    this conflict, and extend your search through the ASF repositories for
    evidence of use of this library. (Searching for 'import React' in *.js
    might be sufficient.)
    For what it's worth, CouchDB has not fully resolved our direction here,
    but we are likely to complete our 2.1 release prior to 31 Aug 2017
    (containing React.JS, as our 2.0 release did) and then expurgate React
    prior to a subsequent 2.2/3.0 release.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    -Joan Touzet
    on behalf of the CouchDB PMC
    [1]: https://facebook.github.io/react/
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Chris Mattmann" <mattmann@apache.org>
    To: legal-discuss@apache.org
    Sent: Saturday, 15 July, 2017 12:56:30 PM
    Subject: Facebook BSD+patents license and Apache products
    As some of you may know, recently the Facebook BSD+patents license has been
    moved to Category X (https://www.apache.org/legal/resolved#category-x).
    Please see LEGAL-303 [1] for a discussion of this. The license is also referred
    to as the ROCKSDB license, even though Facebook BSD+patents is its more 
    industry standard name.
    This has impacted some projects, to date based on LEGAL-303
    and the detective work of Todd Lipcon:
    Samza, Flink, Marmotta, Kafka and Bahir
    (perhaps more)
    Please take notice of the following policy:
    o No new project, sub-project or codebase, which has not
      used Facebook BSD+patents 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*,
      you have a temporary exclusion from the Cat-X classification thru
      August 31, 2017. At that point in time, ANY and ALL usage
      of these Facebook BSD+patents 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 Facebook BSD+patents 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
    Chris Mattmann
    VP Legal Affairs
    [1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-303

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