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From Bill Dudney <>
Subject Re: Sun copyrights and our rights to include certain files in the repo
Date Thu, 09 Mar 2006 19:46:56 GMT
Hi all,

This can't be the first time this has ever come up can it? Many of  
the xsd and dtd's that are  in G for J2EE 1.4  were copied from  
Tomcat 5.x so they had to have gotten this straightened out, right? ;-)

I'd be happy to get the conversation going with legal, but its  
probably better that it come from a G committer.


Bill Dudney
MyFaces -

On Mar 9, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Jeff Genender wrote:

> Here is what it says in the DTD:
> "This document and the product to which it pertains are distributed
> under licenses restricting their use, copying, distribution, and
> decompilation.  This document may be reproduced and distributed but  
> may
> not be changed without prior written authorization of Sun and its
> licensors, if any."
> So, from this blurb, it would appear we can include the DTDs and XSDs,
> but we *cannot* change it.  Would this be a correct assessment?
> Jeff
> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
>> Exactly the right question - the copyright isn't the issue, but the
>> license is.
>> Where did these schemas come from, and what are the listed terms?
>> geir
>> Bill Stoddard wrote:
>>> Jacek Laskowski wrote:
>>>> 2006/3/9, Bill Stoddard <>:
>>>>> Don't change the copyright statements. The only time it is
>>>>> acceptable to change copyright statements is when
>>>>> the copyright holder has assigned copyright ownership to the ASF.
>>>> Has it been assigned? If not, my understanding is that we're not
>>>> allowed to store them in the repo, either.
>>> That's the wrong question. ASF repositories contain lots of code for
>>> which the ASF is not the copyright owner. Whether we are allowed to
>>> store code in our repositories depends on the license terms and
>>> conditions issued by the copyright holder.  What are the T&C's for
>>> this code? Do we know?
>>> Bill

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