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From Christopher <>
Subject Re: What is the legal basis for enforcing release policies at ASF?
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:38:22 GMT
On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM, Benson Margulies
<> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>> Coming in late.
>> A snapshot is not a release. Licenses "kick in" at distribution/
>> release.
> Are you sure? When you have a public source control repo, with a
> LICENSE file at the top, I would think that this counts as a legal
> 'publication' under the terms of the license.
> if not, just what is the legal status of source code snipped from our
> repositories?

I was thinking a similar thing. If a user encounters software, in any
state (released, or whatever), in a repo with a LICENSE attached, it
seems to me that they have every reasonable expectation that they are
in their right to take actions granted by that license (modification,

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