[jdom-interest] JDOM license evaluation

bob mcwhirter bob at werken.com
Fri May 18 07:35:26 PDT 2001

On Thu, 17 May 2001, Jon Baer wrote:

> Bryan Thale wrote:
> > Here's a risk of using commercial software to consider:
> > You may be forced by the vendor to "upgrade" to an inferior or buggy or
> > bloated version of the software simply because they will no longer
> > support the version you are using.  With open source software, you need
> > never upgrade if you don't need or want to.  That is a particular
> > advantage for embedded products.
> I have a question, are you allowed to technically "repackage" JDOM into 
> another open source (or eventually hopefully commercial) entity into 
> your own package? 

I think, since it's pretty much an ASF license, you're free to do
just about whatever you want.

werken.xpath of course is also under an ASF-esque license, and DOM4J
has 'repackaged' it into the org.dom4j.* packages, and are distributing
it as a built in.

You, yourself, are also doing the same thing, with your org.dany.xml.xpath.*
packages. (Though, glad to see you left me as the @author...)

I'm cool with it, because my license says that it's perfectly legal.

And I believe that JDOM/DOM4J/anything-under-an-ASF-esque-license
also qualify to be munged, mutilated or spindled by the end-user
however they wish.


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