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  2. LEGAL-389

NOTICE handling of plain (linked) dependencies which are not Derivative Works

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    • Type: Question
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
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      Hello,

      At Apache NetBeansĀ haveĀ various (3rd party) Apache licensed JAR dependencies which we use unchanged, we just added them to the 'classpath' so to speak (ie. 'link' them).

      Now, the Apache License itself mentions that

      (d) If the Work includes a "NOTICE" text file as part of its
      distribution, then any Derivative Works that You distribute must
      include a readable copy of the attribution notices contained
      within such NOTICE file, excluding those notices that do not
      pertain to any part of the Derivative Works

      and defines that

      "Derivative Works" shall mean any work, whether in Source or Object
      form, that is based on (or derived from) the Work and for which the
      editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications
      represent, as a whole, an original work of authorship. For the purposes
      of this License, Derivative Works shall not include works that remain
      separable from, or merely link (or bind by name) to the interfaces of,
      the Work and Derivative Works thereof.

      So, the way I'm reading this is that a plain 'linked' dependency is not a Derivative Work and there is no reason to consider the NOTICE file.

      Is it legally required to take into account the NOTICE files for unmodified JAR dependencies which are under Apache License?

      http://www.apache.org/dev/licensing-howto.html#mod-notice mentions that

      Do not add anything to NOTICE which is not legally required.

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                emi Emilian Bold
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