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From "Nicola Ken Barozzi" <nicola...@apache.org>
Subject Re: License Issue Inquiry
Date Thu, 04 Apr 2002 14:56:02 GMT
I'm moving this to general@xml.apache.org because I think it's of interest
to all.
If not, please excuse me.

From: "Charles Marcus" <CharlesM@Media-Brokers.com>

> Greetings,
> I hope this is the proper place for this question to be submitted.  If
> not, please direct me to where I need to go.
> I am taking it upon myself to submit a query regarding the Apache
> Software License that FOP is licensed under.
> There is some big interest currently in the OOo (OpenOffice.org)
> community with respect to finding a cross-platform, uniform and
> integrated method for providing PDF document creation, and FOP looks
> like it could be the answer.  The only question is, can OOo use it?
> OOo requires that anything integrated into its source code be made
> available to them under the terms of the LGPL license.
> What would be required in order to allow a version of FOP to be
> licensed/sub-licensed/dual-licensed under the LGPL?

The Apache license makes the code usable in any way, as long as you give
proper credit and don't blame Apache for problems.

AFAIK, the problem lies in the *GPL license, which is more restrictive; my
personal suggestion is to check the LGPL license and ask the authors of that
license. IIRC GNU states that Apache and *GNU licenses are incompatible for
them, but don't take my word for it.

Apache AFAIK releases code only under the Apache license.

> I am not subscribed to the list so would appreciate any replies to be
> cc'd directly to me at:
> charlesm@media-brokers.com
> Thanks!
> Charles Marcus

Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
            - verba volant, scripta manent -
   (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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