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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <di...@covalent.net>
Subject Re: [3rd party jar] crimson-ant, crimson-parser, jaxp
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2002 11:59:28 GMT


On 5 Feb 2002, Theodore W. Leung wrote:

> My understanding - via Dirk is that according to US law, a file without
> a license is undistributable, and that includes our own jars,
> unfortunately.

Correct - a (c) righted file which does not have a license at all cannot
be redistributed. Simply capturing the license under which it was obtained
solves this.

If the author does not provide such license - then it by default can be
used by those the author chooses to provides it to (which can be the world
- if you can download it from their site) - but they cannot re-distribute
it to others. Even if those others would simply be able to download it
from the origianl site - it cannot go through a middle men. Unfortunate
but it is the way it is.

Experience has learned that it is usually no problem in those case to
work with the author and have him add a one line license saying that it
can be re-distributed - or work with the author to have the ASF obtain a
license allowing the ASF to redistribue it from its site (i.e. akin to a
'mirror').

Dw.


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