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From Salikh Zakirov <sal...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [general] confusing COPYRIGHT files
Date Wed, 08 Aug 2007 18:33:11 GMT
Alexei Fedotov wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I found that the following files contained Intel's copyright.
> 
> working_vm/vm/gc_gen/src/COPYRIGHT,
> */COPYRIGHT, COPYRIGHT (and may be several others)
> 
> While NOTICE file correctly explains that the copyright is actually
> transferred to Apache, the COPYRIGHT files are still confusing. Might
> this be a donation artifact which should be cleaned up?

Technically, Apache Software Foundation is not receiving the copyright
on the donated files. Rather, it is licensing all donated material
with the right to sublicense it under Apache License. So the copyright
is still belongs to Intel, as is properly documented by COPYRIGHT file
and noted in NOTICE [1].

The Apache release guidelines require to have a single NOTICE file in
the released distributions, which is the concatenation of all relevant
notices [2], [3].

To answer the original question in short, COPYRIGHT files may be removed
from the repository, and care must be taken that the contents of NOTICE
files ends up included to the released NOTICE files.

[1] http://www.apache.org/licenses/
[2] http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#license
[3] http://apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice


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