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From Hans Bergsten <>
Subject JAXP distribution [Was: Re: 3.2 beta status update]
Date Tue, 04 Jul 2000 16:55:42 GMT
GOMEZ Henri wrote:
> [...]
> >> PS: The JAXP and JSSE licence make difficult to create source
> >>    RPM since the revelant files couldn't be included in the
> >>    package.
> >
> >How did you solve this before?  Tomcat 3.1 dependended on Project X...
> Yes, but the xml.jar file was available in the archive at Apache Group. Not
> sure that you could do it for JAXP ?

I'm not a lawyer, but this part of the JAXP license seems to say that it's
okay to distribute the JAR files:

2. License to Distribute. Sun grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, 
royalty-free limited license to reproduce and distribute the classes Java(TM) 
API for XML parsing classes, in binary form, contained in the Software in the 
archive files "jaxp.jar" and "parser.jar" ("XML JAR Files") to third party end 
users solely as a component of your Programs provided that you: (a)(i) 
distribute the XML JAR Files complete and unmodified in their original Java 
Archive file; and do not distribute additional software intended to replace 
any component(s) of the XML JAR Files; or, alternatively (ii) distribute the 
archive file "jaxp.jar" without the archive file "parser.jar" but with a 
parser implementation that is compliant with the JAXP specification and do not 
distribute additional software intended to replace any components of the 
archive file "jaxp.jar"; and (b) do not remove or alter any proprietary 
legends or notices contained in or on the Software; (c) only distribute the 
XML JAR!  Files pursuant to a license agreement that protects Sun's interests 
consistent with the terms contained in the Agreement; (d) agree to 
incorporate the most current version of the XML JAR Files that was available 
from Sun no later than 180 days prior to each production release of your 
Program; and (e) agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Sun and its 
licensors from and against any claims or lawsuits, including attorney's fees, 
that arise or result from the use or distribution of any and all Programs.

Hans Bergsten
Gefion Software

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