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From "Malcolm Edgar" <malcolm.ed...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Click Incubation - Status
Date Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:39:40 GMT
OK thanks for that feedback.  These contributions were not
specifically assigned to me by the comitters, so I think there
copyright status is disputable. I dont think we need to consider this
aspect further, and should just proceed as normal.

regards Malcolm Edgar

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM, Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com> wrote:
> On Jul 30, 2008, at 4:15 PM, Malcolm Edgar wrote:
>
>> One possible complication to this is that all the code in Click
>> currently has a copyright header assigned to Malcolm Edgar, even if
>> they were contributed from other comitters. So in committing code
>> people have explicity assigned their copyright to me.  This was a
>> habit I picked up from working on Tapestry.
>
> If you have signed documents from each author saying that they
> have irrevocably assigned copyright to you, then you have copyright
> ownership of the work and there is no need to bother anyone else.
>
> However, I think that is unlikely, given the discussion so far.
> Just placing a notice on top of the work doesn't give you copyright,
> not does committing to a file that has such a notice constitute
> assigning copyright.  Contributions to an Apache Licensed work are
> understood to be covered by the license itself (when no CLA is given),
> which defines a nonexclusive license and not copyright assignment.
>
>> However I don't know whether this copright statement would has legal
>> standing, or is in the spirity of Apache.
>
> If it has legal standing, then Apache has no choice but to accept it.
> Assignment, though, has very specific legal requirements.  The spirit
> of Apache still requires that all the current committers on the project
> sign an iCLA, since that establishes a common agreement on their
> future contributions to any ASF project.
>
> ....Roy
>
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