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Re: [bug-gettext] Using libintl.jar in an Android game

From: Aurélien Gâteau
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] Using libintl.jar in an Android game
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:29:03 +0100
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Daiki Ueno wrote:

> Aurélien Gâteau <address@hidden> writes:
>> Now I have a legal issue. My code uses libintl.jar to get proper plural
>> handling, but the Android game I work on is not free software. Since
>> libintl.jar is LGPL 2.1+ I am wondering if it is legal to ship the jar in
>> the Android .apk. A .apk is technically a .zip file with a specific
>> format, but the .jar files are not included in it untouched: they are
>> "dex-ed" into a "classes.dex" file.
>> I did some research but could not find a firm answer from a trusted
>> authority on whether it is legal to use unmodified LGPL code in a
>> proprietary .apk. Can you tell me if it is legal to do so?
> IANAL, but it seems the case of the exception described in the section 6
> of LGPL:
> https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html
> so it depends on your game's license, distribution form, etc.  You might
> want to ask address@hidden with specific details,
> if you need a firm answer.

Thanks, will check with the FSF.


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