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From Paul Richards <>
Subject Re: Questions about Apache License (fwd)
Date Wed, 13 Sep 1995 15:41:05 GMT
In reply to Beth Frank who said
> I wonder if "the Apache Group" could be registered as a non-profit
> organization?

If someone incorporates it yes. The XFree86 group did exactly this and
the *BSD groups have been looking into it too.

> Technically true, but of dubious enforcement value.  It is easier to
> prove that something without an explicite copyright statement has reverted
> to the public domain or was intended to be placed there.

Possibly, but these are all things that would have to be resolved by a legal
ruling and as a general principle I treat anything without an explicit
copyright and license as being off limits since the letter of the law
states as much.

> > which is why I was so concerned about the original NCSA sources. You will
> > not lose the copyright if you don't defend it. It's rather hard to enforce
> > licensing restrictions without the legal muscle to do so though.
> I think you're wrong here.  If you don't defend a copyright (eg you know
> of a violation and don't do anything about it) there is legal precident
> for an arguement that it has lapsed into the public domain.  Legal warned
> us that once we copyright the code, we have to notify them if we discover
> anyone violating the copyright.

Ok, that sounds right, especially since your Legal says so :-) When it
comes down to it I'm not a lawyer, I've just been involved in these
processes a lot.

  Paul Richards, Netcraft Ltd.
  Phone: 0370 462071 (Mobile), +44 1225 447500 (work)

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