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From Diana Shannon <>
Subject copyright for docs [was: Re: [Bugs] URLSource]
Date Sun, 19 May 2002 15:55:00 GMT

On Sunday, May 19, 2002, at 06:11  AM, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

>> It would be interesting whether there would be a project
>> responsible for some "commonly used" documentation.
>> For example:
>>   - Understanding the Apache license :-)
> eh eh, you'll be happy to know that yesterday I submitted a patch
> exactly for this for the 'almost-to-be-released-after-years' Apache
> License 2.0,

I'm trying to understand if this has *any* bearing on user contributions 
of documents.

For example, the Apache HTTP Server docs project appears to retain 
copyright for their collective text (and collects royalties for 
non-exclusive publishing by third parties.) On the other extreme, if you 
peruse Linux Document Project contributions, you'll find most works are 
copyrighted by their respective authors.

AFAIK, the Cocoon project's language (e.g. contrib.xml) only discusses 
copyright issues as related to contributions of *code*.

What is your understanding?
   (1) User contributed-docs must be provided with ASF-compatible terms; 
   (2) users retain copyright to their contributions.

I don't care, either way. I'd just like to clarify the situation up 
front for would-be authors.


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