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From Noah Slater <>
Subject Ongoing configuration licensing checks
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:24:50 GMT

Just been browsing through the JIRA tickets for the ongoing configuration
licensing checks. Great work!

I did just want to add that when we have established that a file is a
derivative work (but we can keep it because the license is compatible) then
we do need to note this somewhere, along with author. Even if the file has
been placed into the public domain, or we have been given permission to
include it.

Here's an example of us being told that a configuration file can be
regarded as being the public domain:

To quote ASF policy[1]:

"Many of these licenses have specific attribution terms that need to be
adhered to, for example CC-A, often by adding them to the NOTICE file.
Ensure you are doing this when including these works. [...] Works in the
public domain (or covered by a license treated similarly) may be included
within Apache products. Attribution is required (in a similar fashion to
permissive licenses)."

Perhaps something like this could be added to NOTICE:

This product also includes the following third-party components:

 * vpcdnsmasq.conf (

  Public domain, Simon Kelley

And then for another file which actually retains copyright, we could add:

 * foo.conf (

  Copyright 2012, Some Author

This format is taken from:;a=blob_plain;f=NOTICE;hb=HEAD



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