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From "Roy T. Fielding" <>
Subject Re: Click Incubation - Status
Date Mon, 28 Jul 2008 05:26:10 GMT
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  
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  
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.


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