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From "Laszlo Kishalmi (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-488) Bundling GPL+CPE (OpenJDK) into convenience binaries.
Date Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:17:00 GMT

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Laszlo Kishalmi commented on LEGAL-488:

{quote}Laszlo Kishalmi Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Hi! We are trying to distribute Apache NetBeans convenience binaries with Adopt OpenJDK. Right
now we are in a legal discovery state. You may know that Apache do nor really like GPL licenses,
though we may have a chance to use the CE part of the GPL+CE for the convenience binaries.
We would like to know what we need to do to meet the AdoptOpenJDK (and with that OpenJDK)
distribution requirements? Shall we put a "Powered by/Built on OpenJDK" or link to the project/
sources or whatever in our documentation. Presenting a link somewhere or what? I've been checking
the adotptopenjdk and the openjdk websites but haven't found a clear guidance yet. (edited)

Tim Ellison 5 hours ago
Hi Laszlo. Happy to hear that you are thinking of redistributing AdoptOpenJDK binaries.
As you know, the binaries (i.e. the combined works) are published under the GPLv2 with Classpath
exception, and you don’t have any obligations imposed by this project beyond the terms of
that license, so we have no additional requirement to reference / credit the OpenJDK or AdoptOpenJDK
I’ll also point you to the assembly exceptions, where parts of the program are licensed
under different terms (such as ALv2) where there is a need to distribute notices.

Tim Ellison 5 hours ago
of course, I’m obliged to say IANAL and you should get professional advice about how to
interpret the license under which you take the binaries


> Bundling GPL+CPE (OpenJDK) into convenience binaries.
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-488
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-488
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Laszlo Kishalmi
>            Priority: Major
> Apache NetBeans is a big Java based Desktop application. In order to run it needs a JDK.
> The OpenJDK is licensed GPL+CPE, as we read the CPE it would allow to bundle the JDK
with NetBeans as an executable.
> We have installers, hosted on Apache infrastructure that could benefit from this. We
also have a Snap package which is not hosted, but build on the Apache infrastructure. I do
not know if that matters or not, that's why  I mention it here.
> Also not being able to produce an out-of-the box convenience binaries is kind of hurts
our brand in a way that third party vendors are free to do that.
> So what's the Legals opinion about bundling OpenJDK in the convenience binaries?

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