[jcifs] Licensing issues in jcifs package
Michael B Allen
ioplex at gmail.com
Wed May 20 16:05:13 GMT 2009
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 5:47 AM, Michal Vyskocil <mvyskocil at suse.cz> wrote:
> I'm working on jcifs packages for SUSE. Our legal team found some licensing
> issues in source tarball you offer.
> 1.) examples/Format.java contains the following license:
> | * All Rights Reserved.
> | *
> | * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
> | * software and its documentation for NON-COMMERCIAL purposes
> | * and without fee is hereby granted provided that this
> | * copyright notice appears in all copies.
> | *
> | * THE AUTHORS AND PUBLISHER MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR
> | * WARRANTIES ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE SOFTWARE, EITHER
> | * EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE
> | * IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
> | * PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE AUTHORS
> | * AND PUBLISHER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES SUFFERED
> | * BY LICENSEE AS A RESULT OF USING, MODIFYING OR DISTRIBUTING
> | * THIS SOFTWARE OR ITS DERIVATIVES.
> | */
> and this is not an opensource license  and I removed it from tarball.
> 2.) examples/SmbShell.java depends on Format.java. This might be a problem,
> because GPL code cannot depends on GPL incompatible one - so I removed it from
> our tarball too.
Ok. Yeah, those are just examples so you can safely delete them. In
fact, I have just deleted Format.java and SmbShell.java in my local
copy. It should be updated in the next release which should actually
be in a week or two.
> 3.) GPLv  (point 6) and LGPL  (point 10) says that you need to
> distribute a copy of license with a Program, so please include them to the
>  http://opensource.org/docs/osd
>  http://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.php
>  http://opensource.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.php
I do not really interpret section 10 in that way but regardless every
source package should definitely include a LICENSE.txt file. I'm not
sure why JCIFS didn't have one. I think maybe our package description
dropped it. Anyway I have placed a copy of the LGPL 2.1 as LICENSE.txt
into my local copy. It will go out in the next release.
Michael B Allen
Java Active Directory Integration
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