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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: IP Clearance Questions
Date Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:09:04 GMT
On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM, jan i <jani@apache.org> wrote:
> But even so In Corinthia we bended the rules and imported directly into out
> git repo. This still ensures a record == initial commit.

I trust that Corinthia's actions were reasonable, but "bending the rules" is
an approach you might take when the rules don't fit; it's not a justification
for keeping bad rules.  We should fix this document so that it doesn't keep
coming up.

Also, note that this particular form is not for incoming podlings.

> The important message here is that ASF must acknowledge the grant before it
> comes into any of our repos.

The intent is also to assemble exactly what is being granted and provide a
permanent legal record of the donation.

If it's a tarball containing a export of from version control with no history,
then it's clear: only that version.

If it's a Git repo or a Subversion dump file, does the grant include all past
commits on the mainline?  All branches, all tags?  What if there's some bad
history?

If it's a Git SHA, does the grant include all past commits, or other branches
-- or is it only the *tree* represented by that SHA?

Is anything crucial missing from the donation -- e.g. plugins, documentation,
or platform-specific code maintained separately?

The IP clearance process should ensure that all such questions are answered
and entered into the permanent record.

Marvin Humphrey

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