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From "Andrew C. Oliver" <>
Subject Re: [LAW] Quick Lesson in Copyright Law (was RE: copyright for docs [was: Re: [Bugs] URLSource])
Date Mon, 20 May 2002 13:51:00 GMT

Diana Shannon wrote:

> On Monday, May 20, 2002, at 09:09  AM, Berin Loritsch wrote:
>> BTW, if you place the Copyright by Apache Software Foundation tag
>> on your documentation (as will be done when published on the site),
>> you have effectively donated your copyright to the ASF.
> My point: authors aren't placing "copyright by Apache..." text within 
> their contribution source files. The Cocoon web site, by default, 
> currently adds this copyright tag via transformation. Thus, we should 
> make it very clear to authors (by pointing them to a revised 
> contrib.xml, etc.) *before* they contribute. I'll go ahead and update 
> instructions, templates, and contrib.xml, etc. as appropriate.
> Otherwise, without this disclosure, it's *not* reasonable (from a 
> legal perspective) for Apache to conclude authors are donating the 
> copyright to their works. For example, what if an author contributes a 
> work with personal copyright info already on it? We can't just assume 
> the Apache copyright overrides it, can we, if we don't clarify 
> copyright details ahead of time?
> Seems to me if authors want to retain copyright to their works, they 
> should publish them elsewhere. We can still provide links to such 
> off-site works from the Cocoon web site.
> Thanks.
> Diana
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