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RE: clickthrough license

From: David Holmes
Subject: RE: clickthrough license
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 08:54:21 +1000


> It got worse the last years. Specs, or at least draft specs would be
> published publicly without having any click-through license to which
> people have to consent. There are also some nice counter examples though
> of expert groups doing everything publicly (JSR133 about the memory
> model, JSR166 about concurrency util classes).

Even those "open" JSR's ultimately have a click-through license on the final
spec. All of Sun's API specifications are protected by such licenses.

I'm not a lawyer so I don't know how far a book can go in describing an API
before it either needs to re-assert the original license terms, or else
finds itself in violation of copyright. Not that I would expect Sun to
persue such issues because it is in Java's best interests to be written

But it does concern me that such unofficial sources would be preferred over
the actual specification. Further, given Classpath's goals, I don't see how
it could ever claim to be what it is, without requiring compliance with
Sun's licenses regarding independent implementations.

David Holmes

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