OpenJDK and JNI -- licensing
Geir Magnusson Jr.
geir at pobox.com
Wed Jul 8 02:34:39 PDT 2009
I strikes me that the best thing for everyone is a FAQ entry from Sun :
"Q: Does the classpath exception apply to JNI applications running on
with the answer
depending on Sun's official stance on the matter.
Seems like an easy thing for Sun to provide.
On Jul 7, 2009, at 8:08 PM, Kevin Regan wrote:
> So, let me get this straight. I need to first understand the
> Classpath exception, then find this entry in the FAQ about alternate
> licenses (that I otherwise would not be looking for), track down
> these demo applications, notice that at least one of them is JNI,
> and then assume from the wording of "Because these components are
> not part of the JDK but rather are
> application programs, they need not be under the GPL license because
> the Classpath exception" that my JNI applications are also not
> encumbered by the GPL?
> You are absolutely serious in putting forth that this is sufficient
> for most developers to answer this question (are JNI applications
> subject to the GPL)? You are stating that most developers will come
> to the FAQ and easily track down this information?
> So, clearly, from following this procedure, we've surmised JNI
> applications are not subject to the GPL, correct?
>> Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 01:58:03 +0200
>> From: Dalibor.Topic at Sun.COM
>> Subject: Re: OpenJDK and JNI -- licensing
>> To: galabar at hotmail.com
>> CC: discuss at openjdk.java.net
>> Kevin Regan wrote:
>>> I'm asking for samples explaining how the license applies to JNI
>>> and pure Java applications.
>> Let me quote from the FAQ I referred to in the mail you're just
>> replying to:
>> Are there any other licenses used in the OpenJDK code base besides
>> the ones you've already described?
>> Yes. The demo and sample code modules are released under the BSD
>> license. These code elements are intended to be very widely
>> distributed, freely modified and used. Accordingly, we've chosen
>> the BSD license as most appropriate for these uses. *Because these
>> components are not part of the JDK but rather are application
>> programs, they need not be under the GPL license because of the
>> Classpath exception.*"[emphasis mine]
>> You can find the samples you're looking for (both pure Java
>> applications, and those using JNI) in the folders containing BSD
>> licensed demo and sample application programs.
>> I can only assume that the issues you're having with the FAQ are
>> based on an assumption that using or not using JNI makes a major
>> difference in terms of the effect of the license, so I'd kindly
>> suggest reading the license terms, and/or the FAQ and/or asking a
>> legal professional for advice.
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