I'm not sure of the relevance of this to an ASF repository, but....
"Tim Anderson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote on 21/11/2003 10:53:47 AM:
> Can you clarify the licensing issues further? I'm having trouble
> seeing what the problems are.
> Suppose ASF has the following link in the repository:
> This is a virtual artifact, not hosted at ASF.
> Via http redirection and magic, a download tool:
> A. pops up a browser, requiring the user to accept Sun's license
> B. downloads the corresponding jndi-1_2_1.zip distribution
> if and only if the user *manually* accepts the license
> C. caches the distribution locally
> D. extracts jndi.jar from the distribution for local use
> Taking the Sun license points one at a time:
> . "(i): you distribute the Software complete and unmodified and only
> bundled as part of, and for the sole purpose of running, your Java
> applets or applications ("Programs")"
> I don't see a violation here. The repository is not distributing
> JNDI - its facilitating its download.
> The download tool is not distributing JNDI - its facilitating
> its use by an application.
IANAL, but the download tool is distributing the binary version of the
> . "(v) you only distribute the Software subject to a license
> agreement that protects Sun's interests consistent with the terms
> contained in this Agreement, and"
> Again, the onus is on the end user to satisfy this part of the
This depends on how someone defines 'distribute'.
> . "(vi) you agree to defend and indemnify Sun and its licensors from
> and against any damages, costs, liabilities, settlement amounts
> and/or expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred in connection
> any claim, lawsuit or action by any third party that arises or results
> from the use or distribution of any and all Programs and/or Software."
> The ASF has not distributed the software, so it can't be liable.
If the download tool has distributed the software, and it's ASF's download
> If this has been discussed elsewhere, could you post a link?
Maybe Jason can provide a link to the board discussion asking us to stop
doing the distribution.
dIon Gillard, Multitask Consulting