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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Dealing with copyright issue (See ESME-47)
Date Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:35:44 GMT
On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:31 PM, Joe Schaefer <> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Gianugo Rabellino <>
>> To:
>> Sent: Tue, January 12, 2010 4:20:14 PM
>> Subject: Re: [VOTE] Dealing with copyright issue (See ESME-47)
>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM, Joe Schaefer wrote:
>> > I'm hoping another lengthy diatribe from you won't be
>> > necessary.  While I don't blame you for David's disappearance,
>> > the reason we bother to document policy is so people don't
>> > need to get creative with their legal understanding of how the ASF works.
>> > In the future should this issue ever present itself to you,
>> > I hope you will do the proper thing and point the errant person
>> > at the relevant ASF policy
>> That would be the same policy that says we _must_ remove copyright
>> notices from source files, right?
> Technically it says the copyright holder must do that, not the ASF.

Oh, please - let's not go there. The fact that the policy misses a (4)
remove the file in question still doesn't mean the "must" is
irrelevant. That would be playing with words.

>> The same policy that is now being
>> discarded in light of a compromise that makes very little sense and
>> sets a dangerous precedent?
> It is neither a compromise nor a precedent.  It is a decision
> in line with ASF policy and made by the project (and apparently
> supported by members of the IPMC).

I can only respect your opinion, and respectfully disagree. I hope you
will do the same and accept that I'm worried we are opening a backdoor
where the next David Pollack might argue that he shouldn't remove
copyright notices as there is evidence of a policy being ignored in
the past.

Gianugo Rabellino
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