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From johann Sorel <sorel.joh...@inbox.com>
Subject Re: [Vote] Move Apache Harmony to the Attic
Date Thu, 03 Nov 2011 11:42:16 GMT

Thanks for the details.

well if it's not possible, that's it, no reason to continue on this topic.
At least I see several people appreciate the notion of public-domain/unlicense :) .

so ... Bye harmony and let's hope someone will revive you one day.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: t.p.ellison@gmail.com
> Sent: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 10:30:24 +0000
> To: dev@harmony.apache.org
> Subject: Re: [Vote] Move Apache Harmony to the Attic
> On 03/11/2011 08:49, johann Sorel wrote:
>> You are right, if they want they can use it with this license but
>> still it's a source of problems. we have plenty of different licenses
>> out there, MIT, BSD, GPL ... and some more license we surely be
>> created in the futur, mixing them is not always fun. All of them are
>> not fully compatible. Legal problems are something really dirty when
>> you encounter them, noone working on open-source projects want to
>> have such problems.
>> The apache license is ~more or less~ fine today (everyone has it's
>> own preference), but might become a problem later. To avoid those
>> problems the change can only be done now while the PMC is still
>> here.
> There are no rights granted explicitly to the PMC itself, so it is not
> true that anything is 'lost' in this regard when the PMC is disbanded.
>> Setting it in public domain can also make it revive, forks can start
>> much more easely from it. Several JVM have ~dyed~ (or are in lawsuit
>> like google dalvik, android) in the last year. Having a few more vm
>> out there would be for the best, specialy if they are already
>> reliable alternatives like harmony.
> Contributions to the Harmony project are all made under the ICLA [1]
> which grants licenses to the Foundation and to recipients of the code we
> distribute.
> While Apache owns the collective work of a release, the original author
> retains ownership of their individual contributions.  Therefore Apache
> can only operate within the terms of the license granted.
> Even if we wanted to - the gift is not ours to give.
> [1] http://www.apache.org/licenses/icla.txt
> Regards,
> Tim

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