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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Derby copyright questions (was Re: Proposal for 10.2 release schedule)
Date Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:10:01 GMT
Thomas Dudziak wrote:
> On 6/24/06, Daniel John Debrunner <djd@apache.org> wrote:

>> > Btw, to which files does the COPYRIGHT containing an IBM copyright
>> > notice refer to ? A search in the Derby sources did not bring up any
>> > source copyrighted by IBM.
>> The original contribution of Derby was from IBM, hence IBM has the
>> copyright on all those original files. The ASF policy is not to have
>> individiual copyright statements in each source file and the new policy
>> (I think) is to remove the copyright statement in each source file,
>> leaving just the reference to the Apache Licence in the source file.
> Yeah, sure, Apache uses a Copyright license instead of a copyright
> transfer. But, well, the interesting thing is that in the individual
> files there is always a line like:
> Copyright 2005 The Apache Software Foundation or its licensors, as
> applicable.
> Which basically means that there is no means to distinguish the files
> IBM contributed originally, and the new ones.

The original Software Grant provides an ASF record of the files that
were originally contributed -- as does the subversion repository itself,
which provides a record of both the files that were contributed
originally and the files that were added later.

The convention Derby uses in the code headers came out of lengthy
discussions on general@incubator.apache.org and derby-dev@db.apache.org
-- see the archives at http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox in the
September/October 2004 time frame.

I hope this helps clarify things (at least a little),


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