[jdom-interest] JDOM license evaluation
matt at xmlglobal.com
Thu May 17 15:37:38 PDT 2001
JDOM license evaluationTh only point that I feel warrants some discussion is point 2. 1 and 3 are covered by the source of JDOM being freely available. If enough people need corporate support, maybe Jason & Brett could start a company to provide JDOM support....
It is unlikely that a patent claim would be brought against JDOM, and if there was a patent claim, anyone using DOM would likely be burned as well...
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From: Henry Charlton
To: 'jdom-interest at jdom.org'
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 2:43 PM
Subject: [jdom-interest] JDOM license evaluation
I passed the JDOM license onto our corporate legal dept., and got this risk evaluation:
1. No warranty: JDOM software is provided "as-is". If it doesn't work, you have no recourse.
2. No indemnity: You have no protection against intellectual property claims against the JDOM software. If a patent claim is brought against JDOM code, <the company> is subject to unlimited liability for infringement. <the company> may have limited liability clauses with our customers that might limit our exposure for what we sell, but <the company> faces unlimited liability for what <the company> makes. (Commercial code provides <the company> with indemnities that allow <the company> to escape such liability to certain extents.)
3. No Support: Support for JDOM software may become a big problem once a <the company> product is introduced to market and its design team is reassigned to other projects.
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