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Re: [Classpathx-xml] GNU JAXP license violation

From: Maarten Coene
Subject: Re: [Classpathx-xml] GNU JAXP license violation
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 19:14:57 +0100
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I asked this some time ago and their was no problem as long as the license file was included with dom4j. However, I can't find the start of the thread on the mailinglist:

If their is a problem with it, I'll remove the sources from dom4j ...


Chris Burdess wrote:

Elliotte Harold wrote:

dom4j appears to be in violation of the GNUJAXP License unless it has special permission from the FSF. Does it?

I'm not aware of any such permission.

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.

That's correct. dom4j developers: would this be acceptable to you?

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