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License Issues [message #20428] Mon, 20 June 2005 16:52 Go to next message
Eclipse User
Originally posted by: michael.giroux.objectweb.org

I'm trying to understand the license issues related to re-distribution of
eclipse.

My team is developing a commercial plugin, and we would like to eliminate
the need to connect to the eclipse site to download and install eclipse. We
would like to put the current eclipse distribution on a CD along with our
plugin so the customer can install from the CD rather than download.

After reading everything I can find on the eclipse site regarding
redistribution, I'm still not sure if we have to do anything special in our
license or not. It seems that if we tell the customer to download eclipse,
then install our plugin, there is nothing to do except provide about and
license files for our own plugin.

Question: if we do include eclipse on the cd so the customer can avoid the
download, do we need to provide any additional license information beyond
what we would do if eclipse was not distributed on the CD.

Our install procedure will be clear about the fact that an unmodified
eclipse is being installed, and that our plugin is installed as a separate
procedure.

Any advice (including sending me to a different group) will be welcome.

Michael Giroux
Re: License Issues [message #20437 is a reply to message #20428] Mon, 20 June 2005 17:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Eclipse User
Originally posted by: bob.objfac.com

This seems to be on-topic:

http://eclipse.org/legal/guidetolegaldoc.html

Doesn't it answer your question?

Bob Foster

Michael Giroux wrote:
> I'm trying to understand the license issues related to re-distribution of
> eclipse.
>
> My team is developing a commercial plugin, and we would like to eliminate
> the need to connect to the eclipse site to download and install eclipse. We
> would like to put the current eclipse distribution on a CD along with our
> plugin so the customer can install from the CD rather than download.
>
> After reading everything I can find on the eclipse site regarding
> redistribution, I'm still not sure if we have to do anything special in our
> license or not. It seems that if we tell the customer to download eclipse,
> then install our plugin, there is nothing to do except provide about and
> license files for our own plugin.
>
> Question: if we do include eclipse on the cd so the customer can avoid the
> download, do we need to provide any additional license information beyond
> what we would do if eclipse was not distributed on the CD.
>
> Our install procedure will be clear about the fact that an unmodified
> eclipse is being installed, and that our plugin is installed as a separate
> procedure.
>
> Any advice (including sending me to a different group) will be welcome.
>
> Michael Giroux
>
>
>
Re: License Issues [message #20446 is a reply to message #20437] Mon, 20 June 2005 19:37 Go to previous message
Eclipse User
Originally posted by: michael.giroux.objectweb.org

Thanks Bob.
"Bob Foster" <bob@objfac.com> wrote in message
news:d96v4b$uhb$1@news.eclipse.org...
> This seems to be on-topic:
>
> http://eclipse.org/legal/guidetolegaldoc.html
>
> Doesn't it answer your question?
>
> Bob Foster

I've looked at this previously, and even sent it off to our lawyers for
advice (no response yet). It gives a lot of things to consider, but does
not specifically answer my question, at least, I don't think it does. Note
being a laywer, I'm not sure. The document, along with all of the various
licenses involved are very clear that I can redistribute.

I guess I'll wait to here what our legal folks conclude.

Michael
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