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From David Nalley <da...@gnsa.us>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Policy blocker?
Date Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:13:19 GMT
>> LEGAL - when I talk about legal problems below I refer to liability incurred by
>> individuals in the project, especially the release manager,
>
> [Animesh] Can you clarify 'especially the release manager' part? Release manager is just
like any other volunteer and does not have any special privileges. The community VOTEs on
the release.
>

Sure, it isn't about privilege, it's about liability. So the
foundation covers (and has insurance for) actions taken on behalf of
the Foundation. If process is followed (including getting the votes)
releasing software is effectively a function of the Foundation - and
thus it bears liability. The foundation needs to ensure that the
release is a 'authorized business decision' on behalf of the
Foundation (which is why the Board has to ACK PMC additions, etc.).
Hence all the process and policy.

Publishing software however, if really done by the release manager.
And if release process isn't followed, it's no longer a function of
the foundation - and software is effectively released by the RM, and
thus he is individually liable. Sadly this isn't theoretical, and is
one of the reasons that the foundation exists.

http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#why
https://www.apache.org/foundation/faq.html#why

--David

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