Oracle Licence and Apple AppStore violation

Scott Palmer swpalmer at
Fri Mar 30 13:15:07 PDT 2012

On 2012-03-30, at 3:58 PM, Jeff Palmer wrote:

> Thanks for replying.  I actually thought I was closer giving a legal "heads
> up" (advice seem too strong), not asking for it.  This was directed to those
> thinking about using the bundling process under development here.
> This is an actual quote from the preamble of GNU Lesser General Public
> License, version 2.1,
> "Although the Lesser General Public License is Less protective of the users'
> freedom, it does ensure that the user of a program that is linked with the
> Library has the freedom and the wherewithal to run that program using a
> modified version of the Library."
> People who would run one of these bundled programs would seem to have the
> the right to switch out the JRE, but how can they?  If you have customers
> that want to cause a developer problems, this is a wide open way for them to
> do it.

It says they have the right to switch it out.. But does it say you have to tell them how to do that or help them in any way?

Has LGPL ever been successfully defended anyway? Even the Linux kernel folks happily let nVidia ignore it… nobody but Richard Stallman actually cares.


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