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From Matthias Bläsing (Jira) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-336) Should GPL+CPE move to Cat B?
Date Wed, 06 Nov 2019 20:05:00 GMT

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Matthias Bläsing commented on LEGAL-336:
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I don't think this is fully resolved. The elephant is still in the room. By fact all Java
projects of the ASF depend on OpenJDK (I'm not aware of any more openly licensed JDK/JRE).
So GPLv2-CPE is already a real license, that needs to be considered.

For the JDK you can build around it by providing an installer, that installs the required
JDK. But the Java eco system drifts to more library based development. OpenJFX is the first
project, that is pure GPLv2-CPE, but not part of the JDK, that is developed under the OpenJDK
umbrella and is relevant for Desktop applications.

So we could create a programm, that depends on OpenJFX, but installs it at runtime (it is
available from maven central). Third parties could decide to bundle the dependencies (having
a more open interpretation). Is this possible? If not, what makes the OpenJFX case different
from the JDK case?

This all denies ASF projects the option to jlink a custom java runtime environment and this
follow the proposed way of distributing applications.

In some way the Eclipse Foundation allows depending on GPLv2-CPE code: [https://www.eclipse.org/org/documents/GPL_CE_Policy.php. |https://www.eclipse.org/org/documents/GPL_CE_Policy.php]
Maybe the raised interpretation concerns could be cleared with them?

 

> Should GPL+CPE move to Cat B?
> -----------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-336
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-336
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>          Components: Policy Question
>            Reporter: John D. Ament
>            Priority: Major
>
> The special clause added to the GPL license allows the software to be linked without
suffering from the copyleft paradigm - https://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/license.html
> Should this cause us to move this license to the Cat B, e.g. it can be used as a binary
dependency but you must not import any source code?



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