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From Ralph Goers <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Removing author tags
Date Tue, 03 May 2005 15:07:26 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> Ralph Goers wrote:
>> Well, I'm not really sure how to vote on this.  I've pasted an email 
>> from Larry Rosen to the Apache Legal list that seems to say that the 
>> Cocoon source files should not have the Apache copyright in them, but 
>> instead have the copyright of the committers who made the 
>> contibution.  Obviously, this is in direct contrast to what we are 
>> doing and frankly, I think its nuts.
>> While this doesn't have a lot to do with the @author tags, per se, it 
>> does seem to indicate that the files should have a "record of 
>> ownership".
> Oh my... do we have to add a copyright notice for every one-line patch 
> send by people?
> I see a difference in Larry's post between original work that 
> pre-existed outside the ASF and is later contributed to the ASF, and 
> work that was developped directly for the ASF. So this non-ASF 
> copyright could be applicable to donations, but not to our collective 
> everyday work on the code base.

Well, that may be true, but not being a lawyer I really don't know.  As 
I read it I understood Larry basically saying, "We provide the legal 
guidance, but we can't make you do anything".   However, I guess I'd 
like somebody to clarify this to the point that we really understand 
what we should be doing.


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