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  1. Legal Discuss
  2. LEGAL-251

Can an Apache Project depend upon a binary-only dependencies available under a permissible license



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    • Status: Closed
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    • Resolution: Fixed
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      While researching on this, ran into many related queries and their answers but could not find one which address this specifically.

      In one place, LEGAL-230, it appears it is okay to depend on a binary whose source code is not published but is available under a permissible license.

      To ask it specifically, let's say if there is a binary version of a library, 'foo', available under one of the permissible license but no source is available.

      In such case, can an Apache project

      1. Have a compile time dependency on such binary?
      2. Include this binary in its distribution?

      Thanks for your help!

      Updated: to add specific information.

      Apache Drill has a pluggable storage plugin model which allows it to access data from variety of data sources.

      One of the plugin, enables access to MapR-DB which is a proprietary NoSQL database and thus its client libraries are not released with sources.

      So far the Drill/MapR-DB plugin code is hosted outside of Drill main code base and I was hoping to contribute the maprdb plugin source code with other storage plugins.

      This plugin code depends upon maprdb client which is not available in source format.




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            adityakishore Aditya Kishore
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