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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: MySQL FOSS License Exception
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:38:38 GMT
Donald Szeto wrote on 9/29/16 6:13 PM:
> Hi all,
> I have searched around the Internet and haven't seen this discussed
> (appreciate pointers if I missed any existing discussion).
> The exception:
> I am curious how Apache view this exception. Is it okay for Apache source
> code to depends on it? What about binaries? Appreciate any input. Thanks!

My bet is no, because it doesn't meet Apache's license criteria:

In particular, the ASF's intent is that third parties may take Apache
software releases and use or redistribute a variety of works based on
them without any additional restrictions other than the permissive
Apache license.  This is intended to apply for further redistributions
as well, where the third party's licensing would permit it.

That is, our policy explicitly tries to avoid special cases that the
*ASF* might be able to take advantage of, but that a *redistributor* of
a larger work including our Apache released software might not be able
to take advantage of (because they use a different or commercial license
for some of the work).

- Shane

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