JDK 10 RFR of JDK-8193208: Add additional licensing file for the JDK

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at oracle.com
Thu Dec 14 11:38:41 UTC 2017

Looks good to me. 


> 14 dec. 2017 kl. 09:12 skrev Erik Joelsson <erik.joelsson at oracle.com>:
> Hello,
> Adding build-dev. Here is a webrev with this file and the necessary build changes to make it end up in the built images.
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~erikj/8193208/webrev.jdk10.01/
> /Erik
>> On 2017-12-14 06:56, joe darcy wrote:
>> Hello,
>> FYI, please review the ADDITIONAL_LICENSE_INFO file (patch below), to live alongside the existing license-related files at the top level of the JDK repo, which clarifies the licensing of non-GPL components of the JDK.
>> Cheers,
>> -Joe
>> --- /dev/null
>> @@ -0,0 +1,37 @@
>> +
>> +Certain files distributed by Oracle America, Inc. and/or its affiliates are
>> +subject to the following clarification and special exception to the GPLv2,
>> +based on the GNU Project exception for its Classpath libraries, known as the
>> +GNU Classpath Exception.
>> +
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