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From robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Harmony Podlling Quarterly Report
Date Sun, 31 Jul 2005 08:36:01 GMT
On 7/31/05, Geir Magnusson Jr. <geirm@apache.org> wrote:
> 
> On Jul 30, 2005, at 7:36 PM, robert burrell donkin wrote:
> 
> > may i suggest that a practical workaround for the issue (that started
> > this debate) would be to ask all contributors to use jira.
> 
> LOL.  Yes, we're going to use JIRA.  That's not the issue at all -
> we're talking about the mailing list.

why not ask anyone who posts a contribution significant enough to be
copyrightable (AIUI very small patches just one or two lines probably
are not) to submit it through JIRA?

once this becomes embedded as a social convention, the whole question
of licenses for contributions through the mailing list would become
moot.

IMHO the whole concept of a default license for a mailing list is
problematic. it's hard to see how we could ensure that users have
given knowing consent.

with the ASL2, apache is covered through the license but AIUI this
does not extend to sublicensing. 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. 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.

- robert

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