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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 15:56:41 GMT
>> Absolutely.  We should assume that if the documentation was submitted
>> for inclusion in CVS, that those documents are donated to the ASF.  We
>> do need a disclosure page (as you noted) that specifically says that.
>> Therefore, no author can retain their right to extract royalties from
>> their documentation if it is available freely on the Cocoon web site.
> Then, in effect, the copyright terms for docs will be stricter than 
> the revised copyright terms proposed for code, as per Stefano's email, 
> which stated "GPL code can use Apache code". In other words, why 
> wouldn't we want a potential GPL project to "use" (revise,  
> distribute) Apache docs, as long as the project makes such 
> modifications available? Why should docs be treated differently than 
> code under Stefano's new proposal?   IANAL....but... to my understanding, as explained GPL 
project could use revise, distribute Apache docs.  They're be released 
under APL.  The difference being depending on the benevolence of many 
individuals or the ASF itself.  For instance, currently, any docs I have 
donated that I feel I still hold the rights to I could suddenly decide 
all projects that distribute them (GPL or not) need to pay me a nickle a 
copy (where copy is defined as a unique copy of my documentation on any 
location on a hard drive.  I could require the ASF, you and anyone else 
who downloaded Cocoon and has a copy to play me for my documentation work.  

If the ASF owns the rights and presumably chooses to license it for free 
under the APL then the public's rights are protected.  GPL projects can 
use it to their misguided goal of making all software GPL and you could 
use it without fear (presuming you trust the ASF ;-) )...etc.


PS Keep your nickles ;-)

> Diana
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