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From "Emilian Bold (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Resolved] (LEGAL-389) NOTICE handling of plain (linked) dependencies which are not Derivative Works
Date Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:15:00 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-389?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Emilian Bold resolved LEGAL-389.
    Resolution: Fixed

I'm closing this issue since I've learned that including the dependency binary JAR in a convenience
binary does create a Derivative Work according to the Apache License 2.0 so we do have to
take the dependency NOTICE into account.

For the source-only distribution, we don't have to take NOTICE into account.

Feel free to reopen this is incorrect.

> 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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