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From Greg Stein <gst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Questions for the cheap seats.
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 03:45:12 GMT
On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 17:18, Andy Brown <andy@the-martin-byrd.net> wrote:
>...
> 1: What will happen to OOo's code and trademark if the podling is not
> approved?
>
> 2: What will happen to OOo's code and trademark if the project does not
> graduate?

I believe the answer is the same for both of these questions, and with
the question/caveat that it is possible:

Not speaking for the Board, but this is what I'd lobby for: that we
package up all the code that was granted to us, apply the ALv2, and
drop the tarball onto archive.apache.org.

Third parties could pick up that code under the ALv2 license, but it
would never be a "released product from Apache". Other producers of
OOo-related software could incorporate that code, should they wish.

I know that TDF has said they would be interested, as it would help
them transition parts to their more-preferred license choice (iirc,
some TDF people have said they would prefer a dual-license
LGPLv3/MPLv2 for more of the code).

Once the trademark is recording to our name, then we'll have lots of
flexibility is licensing that to users regardless of what happens with
the project.

> 3: Since the transfer to the ASF is a grant, could the ASF transfer, grant,
> to TDF?

Nope. We have a license to the code to do certain things[1], but it is
not transferable. That is: *we* get to relicense the code, but we
can't pass that ability to others. But we can certainly apply a
license that makes it consumable by the TDF.

Cheers,
-g

[1] http://www.apache.org/licenses/software-grant.txt

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