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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: Harmony Podlling Quarterly Report
Date Thu, 28 Jul 2005 19:25:17 GMT
On Thursday 28 July 2005 22:59, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> Sure - every mail list at the ASF has been understood to be under the  
> Apache License for contributions, and if you choose to submit  
> something to a mail list that isn't intended for people to use, you  
> mark it as "NOT A CONTRIBUTION".
> Without this, no one could take anything from mail lists and use in  
> projects because they wouldn't have been contributed under a license  
> we accept.

I doubt this is legally binding to any degree what so ever. ( A formal 
reference to what you claim would also be interesting, since after 7 years on 
various ASF mailing lists, I have never come across that contributions over 
mail has implicit licensing infered by the non Copyright holder...)

Without a Copyright notice inside a mail ( and reference to any licensing 
attached to that ) posted on a globally public mailing list, would for sure 
be considered belonging to the public domain, where a "courtesy of..." is 
ethically right, but not required, in case of use.

If I, the Contributor, have claims to something I publicly display, such 
display must contain any such claims. Without informing the audience, I have 
given up such claims.

IANAL, but we could check whether I am out sailing completely or not.

If this is case, then it is up to each mailing list participant to protect the 
works or forfeit the claims at his/her own discretion. Which "by default" 
then ends up being, chat along as much as you wish and anyone do whatever 
they like with the content of such discussion.


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