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From Michael Wechner <>
Subject Re: moving a failed incubation project
Date Thu, 24 Jan 2008 07:39:25 GMT
J Aaron Farr wrote:

>If the fork wishes to do more than patch up the original or wishes to
>create its own identity unique from the Apache original, then it would
>be wise to rename the packages, but there is no legal requirement to
>do so.

believing you that there is no legal requirement (I am no lawyer ;-), 
but that's also my understanding of the ASF license and incubator 
agreement), then that's how it is for the moment.

But for the future I think it's in the best interest of the ASF to think 
about this more thoroughly, because it can be very misleading if one is 
using Java packages with org.apache.*, but this code

 - might have nothing to do with the ASF
 - might be a fork of existing ASF, but has been changed quite a bit in 
the meantime

To me the first step would be to talk to these people and ask them 
kindly to change the package names.
If they will change it, then almost everyone will be happy, except 
people with dependencies, but that can be fixed by keeping previous 
versions available and adding a note.

The problem is when people don't want to change and this is where the 
ASF should ask itself "do we care" (well, I do) and if the ASF does 
care, then what can be done? Are there legal means? Are there other means?



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