I haven't received any reactions to my post. We still have our pending release on hold until the issues are resolved. I wonder if I have taken the wrong approach. Can anybody advise? Thanks!
On 06.03.2003 11:10:28 Jeremias Maerki wrote: > Hello all (licensing specialists, XML PMC people, fop-devs) > > (I don't know where might be the best place to discuss this. fop-dev is > currently very low-traffic.) > > The FOP team needs help. In February we realized that we had problematic > hyphenation pattern files in our codebase. For example, some of them > were derived from GPL-licensed files. > > Some action has already been taken. I've documented the whole auditing > process and status here: > http://nagoya.apache.org/wiki/apachewiki.cgi?FOPAudits/March2003 > > I'm at a point where I need some advice on how to proceed from here. > Here are the questions, I hope are the right ones and help us to resolve > these issues quickly. > > Before we start here's a little background on the hyphenation stuff: > Our hyphenation file are XML files that are derived from TeX hyphenation > files (ASCII format). These XML files reside in CVS (xml-fop/src/hyph, > formerly xml-fop/hyph). During build they are parsed into Java objects > and serialized using Java serialization. These serialized objects are > included in the JAR (fop.jar) in the binary distribution. > > 1. Do our hyphenation files have to be licensed under the ASL? Or is it > possible to do something similar we do with Java libraries (external > dependencies) such as JUnit and JDOM (add the file to CVS and have an > accompanying file containing its license)? > > 2. If the former (of ) is true, we need a grant from the copyright > holder of the original file, right? What if the original file is unclear > about the copyright holder (multiple names, for example) and about the > license (no explicit license, for example)? Please see the Wiki page for > examples. > > 3. (Question is somewhat general) What's the threshold for the necessity > of a grant? Does a non-committer have to submit a grant on a single new > file? > > 4. Some of the hyphenation pattern files are licensed under the LPPL > (LaTeX project public license, http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.html). > We'd like to have clearance to use, modify and distribute files under > this license in the FOP project. > > 5. Can we modify and relicense under the ASL hyphenation pattern files > clearly stated as being in the public domain without having a grant but > giving credit where possible? > > 6. We can't use files containing a restriction like "Can be used freely > for non-commercial purposes.", except if we can positively identify the > copyright holder and get a grant, right? > > Thank you in advance for your help! > > Jeremias Maerki > FOP committer and XML PMC member Jeremias Maerki --------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]