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 [1]) 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

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