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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [legal] Mailing list policy
Date Thu, 14 Jul 2005 14:17:06 GMT

On Jul 13, 2005, at 2:24 PM, Mark Wielaard wrote:

> Hi,
> Most of this seems common sense. And I am a bit surprised people feel
> that it needs to be spelled out. But it is probably good to make the
> intentions completely clear even for a public list.
> Just one little nitpick.
> On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 10:22 -0400, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> The terms and conditions that apply to
>> your Contributions are defined by either a contributor license
>> agreement (CLA) signed by you and/or your employer or, if no such CLA
>> is on file at the Foundation, by the terms and conditions of
>> Contributions as defined by the Apache License, Version 2.0.
> Could we not use the Apache License, Version 2.0. But state something
> like "are in the public domain". (Or use APL/GPL-dual license, LGPL,
> MIT/X, modern-BSD, etc.)  So that we can all use such contributions.
> Most of the existing projects, like gcj, kaffe, cacao, jamvm, GNU
> Classpath, etc. cannot accept GPL-incompatible code.

Any code that is contributed *via the list* will be deemed to be  
under the AL, both for the purposes of rules of contribution (so that  
any applicable patent licenses are granted) as well as default  
license for recipient.  This is exactly the same as if it came in  
through JIRA. I'm just trying to keep things clear and clean.

As as recipient, you can choose to take under the AL, or just go to  
the contributor of the code, and ask for another arrangement, like a  
license under the GPL or whatever makes one happy.

I really understand where you are coming from, and really thought  
about how to present this, because there is no intent to stir up the  
license wars again :)  I had just been receiving questions from many  
people and organizations, and felt that we should just make it clear.


Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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