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From J Aaron Farr <>
Subject Re: moving a failed incubation project
Date Thu, 24 Jan 2008 04:08:39 GMT

"Assaf Arkin" <> writes:

> On 1/22/08, Craig L Russell <> wrote:
>> I think the terminology in the subject is wrong.
>> You are not "moving a failed incubation project." That project is dead.
>> What you can do is to use the code in another project, and assume all
>> responsibility to verify that the license in the code is correct.
>> What you can't do is to use the Apache brand for another project,
>> meaning to use the package names including apache if it's not an
>> Apache project.
> If I were to fork an Apache project, at what point would I have to rename
> packages?
> I can't find anything that says so in the license.  I'm ignoring the
> trademark use because a) the license gives permission to reference Apache in
> my source files, b) which is not by itself branding, and c) and there's
> nothing explicit about package names.

Assaf is correct.

"Moving a failed incubation project" = fork.

When forking Apache licensed code, one does _not_ need to change the
package name, or anything else in the source code.  One arguably
shouldn't then re-publish the binaries or source as "Apache Foo" [1], but
the code itself can use the same namespace.

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.

  J Aaron Farr        [US] +1 724-964-4515
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[1] this is trademark, not copyright issue.

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