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  1. Legal Discuss
  2. LEGAL-117

Aggregation of GPL dictionaries with Apache OpenOffice (incubating) binary releases


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    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
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      Localized versions of have traditionally included dictionaries (a term used to designate data files for writing aids in general, like spell-checking dictionaries and thesauri) under the GPL license. These dictionaries are provided in the form of data files.

      Dictionaries are not a dependency of they are packaged, even in the installer for native builds, as extensions. Any Windows version of is shipped as one file, containing separate modules for and for each linguistic extension (i.e., the dictionaries).

      This is possible because dictionaries, as confirmed by the Free Software Foundation in 2007 fall in the "mere aggregation" provision of the GPL license

      The only remaining issue to be able to include GPL dictionaries in Apache OpenOffice is thus the Apache policy which forbids GPL software from being included in Apache projects; but the rationale for this choice clearly states that "This licensing incompatibility applies only when some Apache project software becomes a derivative work of some GPLv3 software", definitely not the case under discussion.

      In light of the above, can Apache OpenOffice include GPL spell-checking dictionaries with its binary releases?



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            Sam Ruby
            Andrea Pescetti
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