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From Henning Schmiedehausen <>
Subject Re: Click Incubation - Status
Date Mon, 28 Jul 2008 06:46:52 GMT
Thanks for pointing this out; in case of Click, this probably means that
all current contribution, which are already covered by Apache licenses
are fine. So, while it is nice to track down the original authors and
get ICLAs from them to explicitly assign the code to the ASF, it is
actually not really requiredM a a copyright notice in the accompanying
files would be sufficient.


On Sun, 2008-07-27 at 22:26 -0700, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> On Jul 27, 2008, at 9:22 AM, Andrus Adamchik wrote:
> > Is there existing code in Click written by Ahmed? As getting an  
> > ICLA or rewriting this code will be required as a part of the IP  
> > clearance process.
> That isn't quite true.  The ASF requires documentation that the original
> author has licensed the code to the ASF or to someone who can license
> it to the ASF.  If, for example, the code was published by that author
> under the Apache License, BSD license, or any similar non-copyleft
> open source license, then the ASF can redistribute that code.  We may
> need to retain some original license headers, but we do not need  
> everyone
> who isn't going to participate to sign an ICLA.  Likewise, an email
> message sent from the author saying that we can redistribute their code
> under the Apache License is a legitimate form of license -- just save
> the message in its original (raw) form.
> In any case, "rewriting this code" does not have any impact on  
> copyright.
> Nobody can change the copyright on a work by copying it, even when the
> copy is from distant memory (think music for comparisons).
> > The ideal outcome would be for Ahmed to send an ICLA, regardless of  
> > his future participation plans, but that's of course up to him to  
> > decide.
> Yes, that is the most sensible thing.  He can send it via email if
> that helps.  Because the iCLA is not a copyright assignment (just
> a non-exclusive license), we can rely on any written communication
> that can be reasonably determined to be from the author.
> ....Roy
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