Licensing questions

Geir Magnusson Jr. geir at
Thu Jan 21 12:44:00 UTC 2010

On Jan 21, 2010, at 7:24 AM, Mario Torre wrote:

> Il giorno gio, 21/01/2010 alle 06.52 -0500, Geir Magnusson Jr. ha
> scritto:
>> Mr Levy may discover that his paths lead to Sun's software sales group
> This is a myth.

It's far from a myth.  Sun has been open about the fact that they won't give the ASF a TCK license for Java SE in order to protect licensing revenue.

> I never had any problem so far, neither I will have as
> soon as the fairness of the license is respected (which is, of course,
> from both sides).

I'm not suggesting the GPLv2 is a bad license, nor would I suggest that anyone not respect the terms.  

Sun is using it as a tool to ensure that anyone that needs to make changes or link the non-exception parts to custom code either has to GPL their code, or go to sun for a commercial license.  (Why else do you think they need to get joint copyright on any contribution to the project??)  Use of the GPL's reciprocity conditions is perfectly legitimate and used by many fine organizations before them (MySQL AB....).

That said, have you embedded openJDK into a commercial product?

> Said that, specific needs have to be addressed with the help of a lawyer
> that knows his job.
> Cheers,
> Mario

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