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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:31:00 GMT
On 03/06/2011 04:07, James Kosin wrote:
> (2)  The licensing is also an issue, and a serious one at that.  When a
> project goes into Apache the entire project needs to be signed over by
> all supporters and all code either signed over by all the copyright
> holders or the copy-protected code removed.  Which may lead to an
> unusable project... if everyone doesn't agree to the terms of the
> transfer.  And yes, it means all parties that hold a stake in the software.

This is not the case.

Oracle owns all copyright in contributions to date and they have already 
signed the grant to allow Apache to sublicence it. The grant is 
identical to the one all other projects coming in sign, see 
http://www.apache.org/licenses/proposed/software-grant.txt

If there are dependencies that Oracle do not own these need to be 
addressed on a case by case basis. That is part of the incubation 
process. It would be helpful if the proposal identified what licence 
incompatibilities there are, this has been requested and promised in 
another thread. The incubator is experieced with dealing with these 
issues once clearly identified.

Future contributions are made under the standard Apache CLA which grants 
a licence allowing the ASF to relicence the copyrighted material. 
Copyright remains with the original contributor.

Ross

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