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From Chris Mattmann <mattm...@apache.org>
Subject Re: ROCKSDB license and Apache projects
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:40:05 GMT
Thanks I’ll make sure this is updated on the legal page. 








From: "John D. Ament" <johndament@apache.org>
Reply-To: "legal-discuss@apache.org" <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:17 AM
To: "legal-discuss@apache.org" <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Subject: Re: ROCKSDB license and Apache projects




In addition, I want to point out that the industry name for this license is "Facebook BSD+Patents
license" and it applies to much more than RocksDB.



On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 6:09 AM John D. Ament <johndament@apache.org> wrote:



Did you see my note about rocksdbjni?  This is what's actually used in Kafka, and possibly
other projects (I just checked Samza and Flink, both are using it).  That seems to be licensed
differently.  I would recommend getting that squared away to avoid any incorrect statements
going out to PMCs.


Note that RocksDB doesn't ship any JARs, its a C++ library.  rocksdbjni does ship JARs, but
it appears that this is an Apache Licensed product (no mention at all of the patent waiver).




On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 11:51 PM Chris Mattmann <mattmann@apache.org> wrote:

Please note that I will send the below to pmcs@ tomorrow likely by
mid-day Eastern Standard Time.



As some of you may know, recently the ROCKSDB has been
moved to Category X (https://www.apache.org/legal/resolved#category-x).
Please see LEGAL-303 [1] for a discussion of this.

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 ROCKSDB 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 ROCKSDB 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 ROCKSDB 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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