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From Sander van der Waal <sander.vanderw...@oucs.ox.ac.uk>
Subject RE: IP Clearance - transferral or licensing of copyright ownership?
Date Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:54:25 GMT
> From: Robert Burrell Donkin [mailto:robertburrelldonkin@gmail.com]
> Sent: 22 September 2011 11:20
> To: general@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: IP Clearance - transferral or licensing of copyright
> ownership?
> 
> Hi Sander

Hi Robert,

Many thanks for your detailed reply, that's been very helpful. 
 
<snip>
> > On the other hand, the ASF general FAQ states that the copyright of
> ASF
> > projects is owned by the ASF, more specifically "The members own the
> > code" [5].
> 
> It is the collective copyright that is owned by Apache
> 
> Projects are composed by a selection process undertaken by the PMC
> from a variety of contributions. Each contributor owns the copyright
> in their patch but the creative act of composition entitles Apache to
> claim collective copyright for the final work. This collective
> copyright claim is noted in the NOTICE. The header for each document
> should acknowledge that Apache has licensed (from the original
> contributions) the rights required to offer the document to the public
> under the Apache License, Version 2 but almost always will not contain
> a copyright claim.

I think it's mostly the distinction between copyright on the individual
contributions and the 'collective copyright' which was the missing piece
in my puzzle. :)
 
<snip>
> The documentation needs improvement in this area. I'd be glad to
> review patches and work with anyone would could find some cycles to
> contribute. Anyone want to start by diving in with suggestions?

I'll try to come up with some initial suggestions for the resources I've 
consulted following your explanation.

Sander
 
> Robert
> 
> [1] http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-legal-discuss/
> 
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