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From Rick Winscot <>
Subject Re: [MENTORS] Third Party source
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:35:33 GMT
Really... this is a non-issue unless copyright / ownership was stipulated in the Adobe / Macromedia
purchase to be maintained by the originator. That's the first question to answer - was it?

Let's pretend it was...

#1 create a Jira issue that outlines the nature of the concern / what needs to be done
#2 have the party(ies) in question sign and submit an appropriate notarized release

After you get the release, execute the change(s) as specified. 

Having a notarized release attached to the Jira issue is essential. From a legal perspective,
if it ain't in writing - it didn't happen.  I've been down this exact path on two separate

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM, Alex Harui wrote:

> On 6/6/12 1:38 PM, "Greg Reddin" < (>
> > Good point. Maybe having an ICLA on file from him granting rights to his
> > contribution is enough. Or maybe we need to go through a software grant
> > process. He doesn't have to be a committer to grant us rights to incorporate
> > his code. 
> > 
> Jeff's code was granted to Apache by Adobe. Adobe had his permission to do
> so, but his code must still retain his copyright as Adobe nor Apache are the
> owner's agent and we are following our understanding of the rules at [1]
> [1]
> However, the RAT tool complains about these files since they do not have
> Apache headers, and it was Roy Fielding's recommendation that we have Jeff
> replace the headers or give us express permission to do so. A patch in JIRA
> would not be sufficient permission, IMO, but I am not a lawyer.
> Now, if we can exclude these files from RAT and still be allowed to release
> that is fine with me too, but I'm under the impression we want to get the
> source headers changed.
> -- 
> Alex Harui
> Flex SDK Team
> Adobe Systems, Inc.

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