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Re: LGPL license violation (Neon) on Windows

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 20:13:30 -0400

On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 6:44 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com> wrote:

> I believe that, according to Section 4 of the LGPL 2.1, Subclipse does
> not need to make the Subversion source code available in its packaging.
> Subclipse might need to make the *Neon* source code available from the
> same download site where Subclipse itself is available from:
> "If distribution of object code is made by offering access to copy
> from a designated place, then offering equivalent access to copy the
> source code from the same place satisfies the requirement to
> distribute the source code, even though third parties are not
> compelled to copy the source along with the object code."
> So you don't have to put Neon's source code in your package, you just
> have to make it available at the same place.

My reading is that you have to provide everything a user would need to
use a new version of the library. So in our case, they would need the
Subversion source code, and all of its dependencies. Or relinkable
object code. Further, since they got Subversion from Subclipse, I
think they would have to be able also get all of this from us. And to
take it further, since they did not download a Subclipse zip file, but
instead pulled in the install from within Eclipse itself, we would
also have to package all of this source or objects the same way.

Then to go to the next level, I also maintain the CollabNet Desktop.
This is some Eclipse plugins to work with our issue trackers, such as
Issuezilla. We also mirror and host Subclipse and some other plugins
so you can get them all from the same place. I think CollabNet would
have to do all the same things as Subclipse.

And probably AnkhSVN, TortoiseSVN and other products would all need to
do the same to comply.

Mark Phippard
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Received on 2008-05-09 02:13:44 CEST

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