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From Daniel John Debrunner <>
Subject Re: Sphinx license
Date Wed, 26 Mar 2008 22:01:13 GMT
Nils Adermann wrote:
> Søren Hilmer wrote:
>> Hi
>> Took a quick look at Sphinx, and noticed that it licensed under GPL 
>> v.2. That is probably a problem for integration into CouchDB, as it is 
>> not compatiple with Apache v.2.
>> see:
>> --Søren
> Hi,
> unfortunately Sphinx doesn't make it very clear but it's released under
> "either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
> version." (as you can read in doc/Sphinx.html under 1.4 License) so you
> can just apply the terms of GPLv3 and you should be fine even if it
> required linking somewhere.

I don't think the issue is that GPLv2 is incompatible with the ALv2, 
it's that the ASF only distributes software using ALv2. If couchdb pulls 
in Sphinx then won't that make the combined program also GPL?

See this draft of the licensing policy:


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