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[fedora-java] iText status?
- From: Orcan Ogetbil <orcanbahri yahoo com>
- To: fedora-devel-java-list redhat com
- Subject: [fedora-java] iText status?
- Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 22:34:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, I saw that the iText software caused some licensing trouble in the past:
According to the second link it was removed from F-7 because of the fact that it contained some Sun-licensed files.
I downloaded the software from its current website:
The website claims a dual MPLv1.1 / LGPL license. Inside the package there is a text file (core/com/lowagie/text/misc_licenses.txt), which I will paste to the bottom of this email.
What is the current status of iText on Fedora? Was there a discussion? Can we consider releasing it again?
The original version of this class was published in an article by Heinz Kabutz.
"This material from The Java(tm) Specialists' Newsletter by Maximum Solutions (South Africa). Please contact Maximum Solutions for more information.
The original version of this class was published in a JavaWorld article by Steven Brandt:
Jennifer Orr (JavaWorld) wrote: "You have permission to use the code appearing in Steven Brandt's JavaWorld article, 'Java Tip 128: Create a quick-and-dirty XML parser.'
We ask that you reference the author as the creator and JavaWorld as the original publisher of the code." Steven Brandt also agreed with the use of this class.
The following files contain material that was copyrighted by SUN:
com/lowagie/text/pdf/LZWDecoder.java (first appearance in iText: 2002-02-08)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/BmpImage.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-06-20)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/PngImage.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-04-25)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/TIFFDirectory.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-04-09)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/TIFFFaxDecoder.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-04-09)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/TIFFField.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-04-09)
com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/TIFFLZWDecoder.java (first appearance in iText: 2003-04-09)
The original code was released under the BSD license, and contained the following extra restriction: "You acknowledge that Software is not designed, licensed or intended for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any nuclear facility."
In a mail sent to Bruno Lowagie on January 23, 2008, Brian Burkhalter (@sun.com) writes: "This code is under a BSD license and supersedes the older codec packages on which your code is based. It also includes numerous fixes among them being the ability to handle a lot of 'broken' TIFFs."
Note that numerous fixes were applied to the code used in iText by Paulo Soares, but apart from the fixes there were no essential changes between the code that was originally adapted and the code that is now available under the following license:
Copyright (c) 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
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- Redistribution of source code must retain the above copyright
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notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in
the documentation and/or other materials provided with the
Neither the name of Sun Microsystems, Inc. or the names of
contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived
from this software without specific prior written permission.
This software is provided "AS IS," without a warranty of any
kind. ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND
WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, ARE HEREBY
EXCLUDED. SUN MIDROSYSTEMS, INC. ("SUN") AND ITS LICENSORS SHALL
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The main difference can be found in the final paragraph: the restriction
that the source code is not "licensed" in this particular situation has
FYI: Brian also added: "A bit of history might be in order.
The codec classes that you used originally were based on some
classes included with JAI but not strictly part of JAI.
As of Java SE 1.4 an official Image I/O framework was
added in javax.imageio.... This frameork supports these formats:
Java 1.4: GIF (read only), JPEG, PNG
Java 1.5: Added support for BMP and WBMP
Java 1.6: Added support for writing GIF
The JAI Image I/O Tools packages (jai-imageio-core) were created
to support formats handled by JAI but not included in Java SE
as well as some new things like JPEG2000."
(4) the file com/lowagie/text/pdf/codec/TIFFConstants
and some other TIFF related code is derived from LIBTIFF:
Copyright (c) 1988-1997 Sam Leffler
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