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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <craig...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Distribution of jar files illegally?
Date Fri, 07 Feb 2003 04:42:36 GMT


On Fri, 7 Feb 2003 dion@multitask.com.au wrote:

>
> James currently includes JavaMail, Activation, dns-java and Junit
> non-Apache-jars without licenses in CVS.
>
> JavaMail and Activation were deemed illegal for distribution recently I
> believe?
>

Not true.

JavaMail, JAF, and other similar JAR files downloaded from the
java.sun.com web site have license agreements associated with them.  In
the case of these JARs, the license agreement allowes you to include them
in a product, but not make them available separately.  Thus, it's fine for
James to include these two JARs, just as it is fine for Tomcat to do so.

The problem comes when you put a JAR file, on its own, into your own CVS
repository (because it's then available separately to anywone with CVS
access), or in a repository for automatic download such as that enabled
by Maven.  The *latter* scenario is the issue, not the former.

Craig


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