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From Simon Phipps <si...@webmink.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal: Splitting the Community?
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:27:06 GMT
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Simon Phipps <simon@webmink.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM, Noel J. Bergman <noel@devtech.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >>  Which is why I raised the question regarding TDF's ability to relicense
> >> all
> >> of the contributions it has received.
> >
> > As I understand it Noel, TDF accepts contributions under open source
> > licenses alone and unlike ASF does not require a contributor license
> > agreement, so is unable to relicense the last 8 months of work under any
> > license incompatible with the ones used by those contributions.
>
> Unable is a strong word.  I given that we are talking about
> historically recent contributions, I would think that it would be
> possible to identify and reach out to those who made these
> contributions.  These people, after all, DO hold the copyrights.
>
> In fact, these people can readily add themselves to the wiki right now
> and send in an ICLA and commit these changes themselves once the
> project arrives here; at which point the TDF has a clean base upon
> which to build.
>

Unable is the correct word. /TDF/ is unable to to relicense. If all those
individuals choose to commit changes at ASF they can naturally do so, but
that wasn't how I understood Noel's question.

S.

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