[jdom-interest] Imcompatibility with GPL

Paul Libbrecht paul at activemath.org
Thu Sep 28 06:53:53 PDT 2006

Henttonen Katja wrote:
> I tried to register a new free software project at Savannah 
> and learned hat JDOM is not
> compatible with GPL and thus cannot be legally combined with GPL'ed  
> libraries.
> I have previously heard several people claiming that, as JDOM uses a 
> permissive
> BSD-style license, it should be GPL-compatible.  But I just found out that
> this is not the case.
> Has anyone considered removing or changing the minor issues that make 
> JDOM incompatible
> with GPL? Its a shame that I have to change to another XML parser. =(
to my taste this incompatibility is pure formal purity wish of the FSF 
and has never been applied in practice. Of course, if you want to go to 
Savannah, you have to obey this but why not go, e.g., to Sourceforge or 
some other instead ?
Also note... JDOM also needs a (SAX) parser... do you have a 
GPL-compatible one ?

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