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From Leo Simons <m...@leosimons.com>
Subject minimal NOTICE files (was: Re: Review of cassandra...)
Date Wed, 09 Sep 2009 13:00:32 GMT
(dropped cassandra-dev)

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM, sebb<sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 09/09/2009, Leo Simons <mail@leosimons.com> wrote:
>> Even if it is not in the release I believe there is nothing wrong with
>>  putting an acknowledgment in the NOTICE file. (putting terms in the
>>  LICENSE file that do not apply is bad, though).
>
> I think it's confusing, and NOTICE is supposed to be as minimal as possible.

And so indeed it says in our draft release management guide since a few weeks:

  http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/public/trunk/site-author/guides/releasemanagement.xml?r1=805581&r2=805940

  "The NOTICE document is for additional copyright and attribution statements
  those licenses may require. A typical NOTICE document at a minimum
  includes a copyright and attribution statement for The Apache Software
  Foundation. Nothing else belongs in the NOTICE document."

Joe obviously agrees :)

The important new (to me) bit is "Nothing else belongs in the NOTICE
document". Someone want to explain me the background for that?

>From my perspective, I've always thought it nice/polite/good karma to
acknowledge significant giants on whose shoulders you are standing.
It's probably best not to go overboard, but expressing 'Built with
Ant' or 'Tested with JUnit' or 'ANTLR for code generation' always
seemed a cool kind of attribution to me -- especially since the legal
status of the NOTICE file means that the expression will stay around.

cheers,

- Leo

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