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On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 2:19 AM, Marvin Humphrey <> wrote:
On Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 01:35:46AM +0200, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
Only Oracle could add another license to the mix, but if everyone
subscribes to the apache-proposal, and thus shows their support for
the apache license, why should Oracle even consider to re-license?

The horse is out of the barn.  Oracle has submitted a signed software grant to
the ASF.  Once the process completes, that code becomes available under the
Apache License 2.0, a *permissive*, attribution-based license.  Oracle cannot
now impose additional copyleft restrictions by adding a new license to the

Of course they could. Nobody hinders them from applying different
licenses to the same code. It cannot take back the Apache License, as
it cannot take back the existing LGPL, but that doesn't mean it is
impossible to add another license.

(but I agree with Jim that this is very, very, very unlikely to happen)

Once you've granted a permissive license, you can't take it back.

Yes, but that wasn't the point to begin with. (and noone here claimed
that this was possible, and nobody requested to not release the code
under the Apache license either). It was a "what would the TDF had
wished for" item - in order to really be able to have a LGPL/MPL dual
license, and not only have MPL for stuff that was added after the
split. .
But as it is more or less moot, as the grant apparently applies to the
whole (including current) codebase, it is almost-as-good (in terms of
code-reuse by the TDF/LibreOffice, independent of collaboration with
the OOo-apache-incubator-project)

There have been claims that the TDF demanded impossible things from
Oracle, but a re-licensing to MPL isn't that much different from
re-licensing to Apache-license from my POV.


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