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Re: [Qemu-devel] JSON license is non-free - how are we affected?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] JSON license is non-free - how are we affected?
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 10:56:47 -0600
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On 05/22/2012 09:58 AM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> Il 22/05/2012 17:51, Eric Blake ha scritto:
>> Is the JSON license only applicable to code downloaded from json.org,
>> but not to the actual JSON language specification?
> Yes, of course.  I think not even Oracle disagrees.
>> If so, does that
>> mean that a clean-room implementation of JSON (the language
>> specification) can be written with different license than JSON (the
>> license), and that such alternate code could then be linked into qemu?
> That is what we did, in fact.

Indeed, it looks like libvirt's choice to use YAJL (under the ISC
license) rather than code from json.org was made for the same reason.

Sorry for any false alarm scares, then :)

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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