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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Harmony Podlling Quarterly Report
Date Sun, 31 Jul 2005 17:31:18 GMT

On Jul 31, 2005, at 12:20 PM, robert burrell donkin wrote:

> On 7/31/05, Geir Magnusson Jr. <geirm@apache.org> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Jul 31, 2005, at 9:57 AM, robert burrell donkin wrote:
>>
>>
>>> On 7/31/05, Geir Magnusson Jr. <geirm@apache.org> wrote:
>>>
>
> <snip>
>
>
>>>>> . personally speaking, i do not accept
>>>>> new files contributed through the lists which do not have the ASL2
>>>>> boiler plate at the top. this way is common at apache.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> We won't either, and we probably won't from the mailing list  
>>>> anyway -
>>>> we'd ask that this kind of contribution is made through JIRA.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> <snip>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>> it is very
>>>>> difficult to see how a user posting code with a specific license
>>>>> to a
>>>>> mailing list is given knowing consent for that license to be  
>>>>> removed
>>>>> and replaced by a different license by a third party. it all  
>>>>> seems a
>>>>> little fuzzy legally.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I'm not quite sure what you are talking about here.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> i was thinking about new files with an ASL boiler plate at the  
>>> top but
>>> if these are going to accepted via JIRA then this isn't an issue.
>>>
>>
>> Agreed.  We're going to be very, very careful with incoming
>> contributions, because the mass of applicable code out there - all
>> the source to Sun's releases, for example - increases the risk that
>> we'll get something a copyright owner didn't actually contribute...
>>
>
> +1
>
> i wonder whether JIRA could be persuaded to present some sort of click
> through documentation reminding users that apache is only interested
> in unencumbered original contributions.

our process will do our best to ensure that.  Go read what we've been  
doing.  (Or look at the website... the proposed process is there)

>
> IIRC the biggest part of bootstrapping commons-math was assembling
> enough documentation to ensure everyone who wanted to contribute knew
> enough about copyright law to be able to vouch for their
> contributions. phil steitz is a good documentor and managed a
> (somewhat) similar process with commons-math. i wonder whether he
> might have some tips.
>
> i want to try to boostrap some kind of legal FAQ for committers and
> contributors (http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/jakarta- 
> general/200507.mbox/%3cOF921CA2B8.E4CA5C66-ON8025704A. 
> 002B1D51-8025704A.002BBC76@slc.co.uk%3e)
> but was considering the right place to bring up the subject (danny's
> emails in the linked thread pretty much sum up the idea). so maybe
> that'd be useful for harmony as well...
>

Sure.  The more the merrier.

geir

> - robert
>
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Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437
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