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From Chip Childers <chip.child...@sungard.com>
Subject Re: [CONFIG FILES] License headers
Date Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:17:16 GMT
On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM, Joe Brockmeier <jzb@zonker.net> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 01:53 PM, Chiradeep Vittal wrote:
>> There is a long list of blocker bugs [1] regarding the configuration
>> files checked in to the repository. Some of the bugs ask that the Apache
>> License header be inserted into the config file if it is indeed resolved
>> as "written specifically for CloudStack".
>>
>> My question is whether this is necessary —
>>
>>  1.  Almost all configuration files in the universe do not have a license
>>  header, this seems to break convention
>>  2.  It may make it harder to compare CloudStack configurations with
>>  "stock" configuration files
>
> If we want to be extra-cautious without putting undue noise in the
> configuration files, could we simply put something in the NOTICE file
> like this?
>
> "Configuration files for third-party programs written specifically for
> distribution with Apache CloudStack are provided under the Apache
> Software License 2.0"
>
> or
>
> "Configuration files for third-party programs written specifically for
> distribution with Apache CloudStack are not considered to be under
> copyright. You may use, modify, and distribute those files without
> restriction."
>
> The second would be my preference as I am of the opinion configuration
> files are not expressive works, but data and should not be encumbered by
> copyright. Of course, I'm not a lawyer, so my opinion is just that -
> opinion - and not legal guidance. (It *does* seem to be the pervasive
> view with most FOSS communities, though.)
>
> Best,
>
> Joe
> --
> Joe Brockmeier
> jzb@zonker.net
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>

Joe, that's a pretty reasonable approach.  I'm not sure which of the
two specific options I'd prefer, but I think that we might have to
cover it via ASL.  Any others have an opinion?

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