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Re: JavaSVN license [OT]

From: Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev_at_farside.org.uk>
Date: 2005-10-25 14:49:18 CEST

On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 09:48:58AM -0700, Alexander Kitaev (sent by Nabble.com) wrote:
> I'm not sure whether it is GPL-compatible (as it doesn't require
> users to license their code under GPL), but new JavaSVN license is very
> similar to "SleepyCat" license, that is OSI-approved open source license
> (see http://www.opensource.org/licenses/sleepycat.php ).

The JavaSVN license requires that you also distribute source for not only
the software that uses the JavaSVN library, but also the source code for
"any accompanying software that uses the software that uses JavaSVN".

Apart from being completely unclear (there's no definition of what the
first mention of 'uses' might mean; the second is fairly well understood
by reference to derivative works), it's also way beyond what the GPL
requires, and is most definitely not GPL compatible.


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