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From Paul Libbrecht <p...@activemath.org>
Subject Re: Jaxp license (was Re: is there such a thing as a common xml-apis.jar)
Date Wed, 06 Nov 2002 20:48:48 GMT
Yes, there are some,

However, for some reasons, there has been many people on general@xml 
believing that JAXP was under Apache license and one precise person from 
Sun which is involved in Jaxp never denied it but Sun is still 
delivering under a license that is way more restrictive.

I can only say that jaxp license(s?) is one of the greatest unclarity I 
have ever seen from such a company as Sun.
This is important because... Sun is precisely the company that can make 
licenses a real threat for you. There was a Jaxp version which did not 
allow you to ship that version with your product if it was delivered six 
months later than the last version.
And they keep changing their license too...
And, for some products, you have to defend Sun if they get sued by 
someone that has used your software.

I presume this is the poor destiny of people writing code in such a 
confortable language whose license, itself, is only partially well 
understood. Fortunately, gcj allows us to hope for a more serene future 
in case Sun really strikes back with, say, their brand-names.


On Mercredi, novembre 6, 2002, at 09:34 , neilg@ca.ibm.com wrote:

> There's a number of people from Sun in the Xerces community, so I think
> that if there were a problem with the way things are done we would have
> heard about it.

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