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From Jukka Zitting <>
Subject Re: Old projects with incomplete copyright diligence
Date Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:48:27 GMT

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, Benson Margulies wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Henri Yandell <<javascript:;>>
> wrote:
> > Just because it was released doesn't mean that it correctly did that.
> >
> > Need to confirm that all copyright owners of any pre-Apache code
> > either signed ICLA/grants with us, or that the source was already
> > licensed under a category A license.
> I volunteered to deal with all this as an expansion of a Shepherd
> assignment. I confess that I'm feeling a bit whelmed.

FWIW, here's how I'd approach this:

* Look at the original Kato proposal ( for insight on what
pre-Apache IP was supposed to be transferred to us.
* Check the early Kato svn history for commits containing that IP (see
especially revision 754956,
* Follow the pointers to the relevant records under
/repos/private/documents to verify that the mentioned paperwork is in place.
* If it indeed is, mark the IP as cleared on the Kato status page.
* If it isn't, consider whether the ICLA on file for the committer who
submitted the IP is sufficient to grant as the rights to keep the code.
* Based on all the above, make an informed judgement call on whether we can
keep the code in svn or not.

I hope this helps! If still needed, I'd be happy to help out in a few weeks
when I'm back from vacation.


Jukka Zitting

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