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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: [ASFCS40][DISCUSS] How should we move forward to resolution on the config files in "patches"? Was: "Re: [ASFCS40] Configuration file licensing followup"
Date Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:55:29 GMT
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM, Chip Childers
<> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM, David Nalley <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM, Noah Slater <> wrote:
>>> Saying that configuration files, in all cases, are not copywritable because
>>> that are, on the whole, not as complex as code is like saying that blog
>>> posts, in all cases, are not copywritable because they are, on the whole,
>>> not as complex as books.
>>> The law is much more nuanced than that. There is no way we can say, up
>>> front, whether a configuration file is protected by copywrite or not. The
>>> unwillingness to commit to anything on legal-discuss is an indication of
>>> this. (It was made explicit that with a vague question, there will only be
>>> vague answers.)
>>> It might be better to actually document what we have, and then present that
>>> to legal discuss and take it from there.
>>> Let's get concrete.
>>> We should put together a list of each config file path, along with
>>> information such as:
>>> * Size of file
>>> * Complexity (key/value, code snippets, what?)
>>> * Copyright notice or license header?
>>> * License of project it (may) have been taken from
>>> * Origin (Citrix, upstream project, unknown?)
>>> Once we have a complete picture, I think we can talk about how to proceed.
>>> (And hopefully propose a guideline for future config files.)
>>> I certainly do not think we are in a position to write of an entire
>>> category of data as being uncopywritable.
>>> I am happy to run this to pursue this with legal too, but I think we need a
>>> better view of what we're dealing with.
>>> Thoughts?
>> Alright, I'll start working on compiling this.
>> --David
> David,
> Do you want to divide and conquer on this task?  I'd be happy to help.
> -chip

Happy to have the help

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