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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: What is the legal basis for enforcing release policies at ASF?
Date Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:53:57 GMT
Bill,
So I can release "Niclas Hadoop platform, based on Apache Hadoop" ?? I
thought the discussion a few years ago was that this was misleading...



On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 12:30 PM, William A Rowe Jr <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 7:50 PM, Roman Shaposhnik <roman@shaposhnik.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi!
> >
> > while answering a question on release policies and ALv2
> > I've suddenly realized that I really don't know what is the
> > legal basis for enforcing release policies we've got
> > documented over here:
> >    http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html
> >
> > For example, what would be the legal basis for stopping
> > a 3d party from releasing a snapshot of ASF's project
> > source tree and claim it to be a release X.Y.Z of said
> > project?
> >
>
> Nothing other than the Trademarks.
>
> If someone wants to call httpd trunk 3.0.1-GA, they cannot do this as
> "Apache httpd 3.0.1-GA" or "Apache HTTP Server 3.0.1-GA".
>
> They can certainly release trunk under the AL license and call it "Kindred
> Http Server 3.0.1-GA, based on Apache HTTP Server". That is a statement of
> fact and not an abuse of the mark, IMHO. (If it was not actually based on
> Apache HTTP Server, then that would similarly be a Trademark infringement
> as it is a false use of the mark.)
>
> There are no less than two marks, one is the name of the foundation itself
> in conjunction with Open Source Software, and the other is the specific
> project name.
>



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Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
http://zest.apache.org - New Energy for Java

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