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From "Michael A. Smith" <...@apache.org>
Subject RE: License and copyright issues
Date Mon, 21 Oct 2002 18:39:19 GMT
On Mon, 21 Oct 2002, Henri Yandell wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Oct 2002, Martin Cooper wrote:
> > I found a few things not yet mentioned:
> >
> > 1) In codec\Metaphone.java, "Copyright 1997, William B. Brogden", which is
> > clearly a problem.
> 
> Sorry, my fault. I can and will remove this, and will go back in my
> records for the email in which he gave me the acceptance to take the code.
> [I think he said it was public domain.]
> 
> Will provide more info in a bit.

I do not believe we can attach a copyright and/or license to any public
domain code without getting into murky water.  Actually, I don't believe 
*anyone* can attach a copyright to public domain code without getting 
into murky water.  Actually, I don't even think that's murky.

The way I've understood discussion on reorg@apache, when we need answers
on whether things like this will cause problems, we send them to
board@apache.org.  So, if you want to keep the code (it's sandbox code
in a not-very-active component), dig up your documentation on where the
code originated and any circumstances surrounding it, and attach it to
an email to board@apache.org where you can ask whether its ok.  It'd
probably be nice to include an executive summary so that the board can
decipher what you're talking about a bit quicker.

regards,
michael


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