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From Ted Dunning <ted.dunn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Tool to generate disclaimer, NOTICE, etc. files
Date Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:47:52 GMT
On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM, sebb <sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:

> > WDYT?
>
> Non-trivial; maintaining the meta-data needed to accurately generate
> the NOTICE file is likely to require more effort than writing the
> NOTICE file itself.
>


Actually, this sounds like a case where the effort for any individual
project outweighs the benefit of saving the time, but the total effort
across many projects would make the effort somewhat worth while.  In
particular, something that enhances the communication between projects and
between the author of the dependency and the users of that dependency would
be very helpful.

As such, this sounds like a great thing to add to maven.  If it provided me
with a way to look at all my dependencies and examine my notices file for
missing acknowledgments, that would be helpful.  Moreover, if there were a
way for the community of users to upload sample acknowledgements and for
the owners of such packages to reject or accept these acknowledgments, this
would crowdsource the effort of approval.

My guess is that since getting NOTIFICATIONS right is a largely one shot
deal, it wouldn't be enough appeal to encourage somebody to actually
implement the system, but it would certainly make one's life easier in
small installments.

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