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From Dan Diephouse <dan.diepho...@mulesource.com>
Subject Re: License files - separate or one file [was Re: [VOTE] Approve the release of Apache Abdera 0.4.0-incubating (updated)]
Date Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:43:27 GMT
Dan Diephouse wrote:
> sebb wrote:
>> On 31/03/2008, Dan Diephouse <dan.diephouse@mulesource.com> wrote:
>>  
>>>  >>> -1: The LICENSE files need to either contain copies of the 3rd

>>> party
>>>  >>>
>>>  >>  > licenses, or they need to have a reference to the 3rd party 
>>> licences.
>>>  >>  > Equally, there is no need for the lib directory to contain 
>>> copies of
>>>  >>  > the AL for every ASF product.
>>>  >>  >
>>>  >>
>>>  >> Why does the LICENSE file need to have a copy of all the other 
>>> licenses?
>>>  >>  These are contained in the lib/ directory like many other ASF 
>>> projects.
>>>  >>
>>>  >>
>>>  >
>>>  > See the last paragraph of:
>>>  >
>>>  > http://www.apache.org/dev/apply-license.html#new
>>>  >
>>>  >
>>>
>>> "or at least put a pointer in the LICENSE file to the third-party
>>>  license" - which we in the NOTICE file.
>>>
>>>     
>>
>> But they need to go in the LICENSE file, see:
>>
>> http://www.apache.org/dev/apply-license.html#new
>>   
> Did you not read the next paragraph?
>>>  There is not a legal requirement here that it must be in the LICENSE
>>>  file itself - if so, please point me to the place in the license. This
>>>  is page is to provide "guidance" (see the first sentence), not be the
>>>  ultimate authority on what exactly is legally permissible for 
>>> distributions.
>>>
>>>   If you look at many other ASF projects in the incubator and outside,
>>>  you'll see that this is not an enforced policy - this is simply 
>>> telling
>>>  developers one way to get started here.
>>>     
> Can other people please chime in here?
>
> I have never ever seen this enforced and I do not believe its a 
> requirement. Just to summarize - do we need to 1) include all the 
> licenses for all our dependencies in a single libary or can we 2) have 
> our top LICENSE file which is ASL and then have individual LICENSE 
> files for each library in the lib/ directory.
>
> I think not allowing the second would be a HUGE mistake. It makes it 
> much clearer which license applies to which file.
>
> Dan
>
I misspoke. Here's what I meant to ask:

Do we need to 1) include all the licenses for all our dependencies in a 
single LICENSE file or can we 2) have our top LICENSE file which is ASL 
and then have individual LICENSE files for each library in the lib/ 
directory.

Dan

-- 
Dan Diephouse
MuleSource
http://mulesource.com | http://netzooid.com 


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