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Re: [Classpathx-xml] GNU JAXP license violation

From: Nic Ferrier
Subject: Re: [Classpathx-xml] GNU JAXP license violation
Date: 04 Nov 2004 13:27:17 +0000

Elliotte Harold <address@hidden> writes:

> dom4j appears to be in violation of the GNUJAXP License unless it has 
> special permission from the FSF. Does it?
> Specifically the latest release of dom4j (and probably earlier releases) 
> has taken the code from GNU JAXP, *modified it*, and incorporated it 
> into its code base which is published under a BSD license. They are not 
> merely linking to the GPL code as permitted by the GPL with library 
> exception.
> The modifications are probably not major. The only one I know of is 
> changing the package name to org.dom4j.aelfred and org.dom4j.aelfred2 
> instead of gnu.jaxp.aelfred/gnu.jaxp.aelfred2 though there may be 
> others. I suspect the problem might be able to be cured by linking to 
> the unmodified gnujaxp.jar instead of incorporating the Gnu code 
> directly in the dom4j code base.

The exception licence should allow linking like that.

Dog? Let me know if you want any help with this.

Nic Ferrier

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