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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Re: licensing issue
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2005 18:41:39 GMT
Rick Hillegas wrote:
> There's a piece of code floating around on the internet as part of the 
> Lucene project. It isn't formally checked into Lucene but the author 
> says, via email, that he freely gave it away. Does anyone have an 
> opinion about the legal status of this code? Can it be incorporated into 
> an apache open source effort?
> 
> Thanks,
> -Rick

 From Derby incubator days .... if the author of that file is willing to 
license that particular file to the ASF under the Apache License, 
there's no problem. All the author needs to do is post a message to that 
effect to the developer list.

However, "freely gave it away" probably isn't sufficient. It needs to be 
contributed under the Apache license.

but i.am.not.a.lawyer  :-) We have legal-discuss@apache.org for asking 
hard questions as needed.

One question: why isn't Lucene committing it to their project repo? Is 
there some larger story?

  -jean

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