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From Kasper Sørensen <>
Subject RE: [VOTE] Release Apache Metamodel 4.0.0 incubating
Date Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:22:08 GMT
This was an early copy-paste / inspiration from other NOTICE files of incubation projects that
have been granted to the ASL by commercial organizations. For instance we looked at Wave and
found this:

Portions of this software were developed at Google Inc. and
have been kindly donated to the Apache Software Foundation.
From: Marvin Humphrey []
Sent: 15 January 2014 18:14
Subject: Re: [VOTE] Release Apache Metamodel 4.0.0 incubating

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM, Henry Saputra <> wrote:
> Do you think it is a blocker for the release for the NOTICE file extra
> lines of information?

In the NOTICE file in the release candidate, the last three lines with content

    Portions of this software were originally based on the following:

        Copyright 2010-2013 Human Inference Enterprise B.V.

    These have been licensed to the Apache Software Foundation under a
    software grant.

The committer who added those lines is Kaspar Sørenson, who works for Human
Inference.  If Human Inference wants that copyright notice, it's here to stay.
(Nobody else should mess with it now that it's there -- modifying copyright
notices is potentially illegal.)  The last line about the software grant is
superfluous and IMO ought to be removed -- but it is innocuous and does not
block release.

The LICENSE file, however, contains many licenses which do not apply to the
source package.  The extraneous licenses are for jar files which will be
bundled with a binary, but that is not what the ASF releases.

The extra material in the LICENSE file should ordinarily block if this were a
TLP release.  However, what we have here is a licensing documentation bug, not
a legal issue which would put the Foundation at risk, and I think Incubator
lenience should come into play.

I'm going to lodge a binding -1 vote for now, but I am willing to remove it if
the MetaModel podling presents a plan for fixing up LICENSE in their next

Marvin Humphrey

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