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From Ben Litchfield <...@benlitchfield.com>
Subject Re: Combine FOP & PDFBox efforts?
Date Fri, 10 Mar 2006 03:39:16 GMT
Hi Clay,

I am glad to hear this sounds like a possibility.

PDFBox is currently licensed under the BSD license.  I did not initially 
envision a change in licensing, but I am open to possibilities if 
necessary.  Is there a reason it would need to change?

It is my understanding that Apache projects can utilize projects that 
are BSD licensed.  Is it possible for the existing FOP pdf classes to 
become part of PDFBox under the BSD license?


Clay Leeds wrote:
> On Mar 9, 2006, at 12:43 PM, Ben Litchfield wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am the main developer of PDFBox, an open source(BSD) PDF library.
>> FOP contains PDF library functionality(specifically classes in
>> org.apache.fop.pdf.*) and PDFBox is a PDF library.  Because they do
>> very similar things they contain a lot of overlapping code, but the pdf
>> package in FOP has some features that PDFBox does not and PDFBox has
>> some features that the FOP pdf package does not.
>> I propose that classes in FOP's package be 'merged' into the PDFBox
>> library and FOP utilize PDFBox for PDF functionality.
> <snip>
>> Ben Litchfield
>> http://www.pdfbox.org/
> Thank you for your interest, Ben. Although I don't speak for everyone, 
> it does look intriguing to me. You may want to clarify how you 
> envision PDFBox will be licensed (would this be a software license 
> grant[1]?). I don't know the details on the BSD license. Also, I 
> assume you would provide a software license grant and fill out a CLA[2].
> [1]
> http://www.apache.org/licenses/#grants
> [2]
> http://www.apache.org/licenses/#clas
> Clay Leeds
> webmaestro@mac.com
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