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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Expressing priorities about release reviews
Date Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:15:00 GMT



On 1/14/13 7:01 AM, "Chen, Pei" <Pei.Chen@childrens.harvard.edu> wrote:

>> Really is it so bad to say to a project with a bug in their license and
>> notice info:
>> fix this in trunk and show me the revision and I'll go ahead and approve your
>> release as-is.
>> Running through iterations of this is very labor-intensive for the project,
>> and
>> anything we can do to cut down on the pain involved in cutting incubator
>> releases is IMO worthwhile.
> 
> + 1 for this! 
> Perhaps it would be nice for the podling to just come up with a list of all of
> the 3rd party libraries in a Jira and have a  group (possibly from legal) that
> reviews them and helps them officially construct the LICENSE/NOTICE files the
> first time around (There are usually a lot of grey areas and not an easy
> straight reference to an outdated list of approved compatible licenses).  Most
> of the committers are developers and not lawyers- so it would be nice to have
> developers do what they do best and focus on building awesome code.
I don't agree.  As a member of a recently graduated podling, it was
impressed on me that the point of incubation was to not only figure out the
Apache Way of meritocracy and voting, but also to get the legal aspects
right.  IMO, Apache is not GitHub: it is a corporation with bylaws and is a
legal entity, so we have to get the legal stuff right and it is our
responsibility as developers to learn enough about the legal stuff to get it
right.  If there is a grey area, err on the side of caution or ask Apache
Legal.  Yes, it is painful and slows you down, but usually, the same laws
also protect you.

-- 
Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.
http://blogs.adobe.com/aharui


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