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From Mark Struberg <strub...@yahoo.de>
Subject Re: Cobertura's view of the apache license versus the GPL
Date Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:45:06 GMT
+1, well said.

It's basically like one would sue the ASF because someone used httpd to illegally serve mp3
files...

But I'd be happy if we ask the cobertura guys if this interpretation is ok with them. Don't
think they will like us to remove the cobertura-maven-plugin :)

LieGrue,
strub

--- On Fri, 4/1/11, Benson Margulies <bimargulies@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Benson Margulies <bimargulies@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Cobertura's view of the apache license versus the GPL
> To: legal-discuss@apache.org
> Date: Friday, April 1, 2011, 6:34 PM
> >
> > Even if we don't Cobertura's jar files or source code
> with
> > Cobertura-Maven-Plugin but on the other hand, and
> IIUC, a user will
> > not be able to run Cobertura-Maven-Plugin unless
> Cobertura's jar files
> > are in the class-path, in which position does this
> put
> > Cobertura-Maven-Plugin as licensed under ASL 2.0
> relative to the usage
> > restrictions of GPL 2.0 ?. Looking forward to your
> reply.
> 
> Mohammad,
> 
> The interesting thing about maven is that it does this for
> you.  Now,
> I want to be careful about 'we'. The cobertura-maven-plugin
> is not an
> ASF product. It comes from Codehaus.
> 
> When someone releases the c-m-p, a jar file goes to maven
> central and
> a pom file goes with it. The pom files declares, "Hey, to
> use this,
> you also need these two cobertura jars."
> 
> So, when I create a maven POM for a build and specify the
> c-m-p, and
> run a build, maven downloads the c-m-p pom and jar. It
> reads the pom,
> sees the dependency, and then downloads the cobertura
> jars.
> 
> Net result: I (the end user) have both AL code and the GPL
> code
> running, and stored on my disk in my local maven repo.
> However, at
> least by my interpretation, no one has published a work
> that combines
> them. The c-m-p as published doesn't incorporate the GPL
> code, it just
> expresses a requirement. Maven itself doesn't incorporate
> either.
> 
> 
> --benson
> 
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