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From Sam Ruby <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice & LibreOffice
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:56:48 GMT
On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 8:47 PM, Keith Curtis <> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM, Greg Stein <> wrote:
>> You cannot simply strip the Apache License off of the code. You must
>> respect its terms.
>> Your overall work could be GPL'd, but that one file that comes with an
>> ALv2 license must continue to have that license. Stripping the header
>> off of it, and applying a different license, is a copyright violation.
> I have not seen a lawsuit over an Apache license, though I've only
> been watching for a few years. Is it possible?

I can confirm that we have gotten people to address compliance issues
that we have found.  And the fact that we have managed to do so
without resorting to a lawsuit is goodness.

And, no, I have no intention naming names.

> I believe I can sublicense it or something, with terms that make the
> whole thing proprietary. People can make Apache code proprietary
> somehow, right? That is the big benefit of it. And when I've done
> that, I don't have to worry about the old redistribution terms or any
> of the old terms anymore.

Fully disagree.  I encourage you to read the terms.

> -Keith

- Sam Ruby

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