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Re: [cdt-dev] CPL license question

You shouldn't be asking people on this list for legal advice :-)

That said, there are commercial products that use the CDT - that's basically the whole premise of the Eclipse Foundation and the EPL.

However, I am not a lawyer and can't give you legal advice so you should really get proper advice to answer your question. What I can say is that the EPL doesn't prevent commercial products since they exist.


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On 27 Jul 2009, at 12:00, Pawel Iwaszko <pmiwaszko@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Thank you Alex,

I was wrong about CDT using CPL and your post made me realize my mistake.

You could have guessed by now that I'm no license-expert. I would also
like to know if I can repack some of the CDT jars into my own jar file
distributed as commercial product? I understand that I have to fulfill
requirements from points 3 of EPL (regarding object code form), but is
that all?

Sorry for lame question but I would rather ask someone more
experienced, than end my days working in stone-pit to pay for my
misunderstanding of EPL :)

Thanks a lot,

2009/7/27 Alex Blewitt <alex.blewitt@xxxxxxxxx>:
The CPL was transitioned to the EPL ages ago; I'm surprised that the CDT has
CPL at all.
In any case, the CPL was made an 'earlier version' of the EPL, such that the
EPL supersedes the CPL. This means that any CPL product can now
automatically become an EPL product and be distributed under the EPL alone.

4. I have a CPL-licensed project. What do I need to do?

You can continue to use it if you want to, although the whole reason we’re making this happen is because we wanted to provide projects with an easy
option to migrate to the EPL to help reduce license proliferation.

There is a very simple path to moving your CPL-licensed project to the Eclipse Public License. Since the EPL has been denoted as the successor version of the CPL, you can use a provision in Section 7 (“In addi tion, after a new version of the Agreement is published, Contributor may elect to
distribute the Program (including its Contributions) under the new
version.”) to easily switch to the EPL.

On 27 Jul 2009, at 10:41, Pawel Iwaszko wrote:

Hi all,

I’d like to ask about the CPL license for the CDT. Assuming that I'd
use org.eclipse.cdt.core_5.0.2.200902130801.jar from CDT (CPL) and
org.eclipse.equinox.common_3.4.0.v20080421-2006.jar from Eclipse (EPL)
can I add these jars into my commercial project ?

I don't change anything in these files and I'm not repacking it into
my own .jar file.

Thank you in advance,
Pawel Iwaszko
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