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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-389) NOTICE handling of plain (linked) dependencies which are not Derivative Works
Date Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:17:00 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-389:

Personally, I think you are making this way too complicated. The bottom line is "What does
the user of your software need to know?". In the case where you are using jars that are under
the Apache license the consumer of your software doesn't need to know anything since the license
terms of the dependencies are compatible.

> NOTICE handling of plain (linked) dependencies which are not Derivative Works
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-389
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-389
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Emilian Bold
>            Priority: Major
> Hello,
> At Apache NetBeansĀ haveĀ various (3rd party) Apache licensed JAR dependencies which
we use unchanged, we just added them to the 'classpath' so to speak (ie. 'link' them).
> Now, the Apache License itself mentions that
> {quote}(d) If the Work includes a "NOTICE" text file as part of its
>  distribution, then any Derivative Works that You distribute must
>  include a readable copy of the attribution notices contained
>  within such NOTICE file, excluding those notices that do not
>  pertain to any part of the Derivative Works
> {quote}
> and defines that
> {quote}"Derivative Works" shall mean any work, whether in Source or Object
>  form, that is based on (or derived from) the Work and for which the
>  editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications
>  represent, as a whole, an original work of authorship. For the purposes
>  of this License, Derivative Works shall not include works that remain
>  separable from, or merely link (or bind by name) to the interfaces of,
>  the Work and Derivative Works thereof.
> {quote}
> So, the way I'm reading this is that a plain 'linked' dependency is not a Derivative
Work and there is no reason to consider the NOTICE file.
> Is it legally required to take into account the NOTICE files for unmodified JAR dependencies
which are under Apache License?
> [http://www.apache.org/dev/licensing-howto.html#mod-notice] mentions that
> {quote}Do not add anything to NOTICE which is not legally required.
> {quote}

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