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From Todd Lipcon <>
Subject Re: Confusion over NOTICE vs LICENSE files
Date Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:01:00 GMT
For the sake of all of these discussions, are "bundled dependencies" and
"work derived from other projects source code" 100% equivalent? In many
cases we've copied (or ported) small bits of code from other projects and
believe them to be 'derived work' from a copyright standpoint. My
assumption is that there's no difference between that and "bundling" in
which you are typically taking a release artifact as-is from another


On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:52 AM, Marvin Humphrey <>

> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM, Todd Lipcon <> wrote:
> > Yea, even after this thread I'm not entirely sure on whether copyright
> > statements need to be duplicated from original source files into NOTICE
> or
> > not.
> Copyright statements on their own within a source file?  They do not.
> > For example, Subversion's LICENSE file mentions the 'linenoise' library
> and
> > its copyrights, but its NOTICE file doesn't.
> That is the propagation of the *entire* BSD-2 *license* for linenoise from
> the
> source file to the LICENSE file. All members of the BSD license family are
> templates which require insertion of a copyright statement.
> Legally, not even the propagation of the BSD-2 license to LICENSE is
> required.
> So long as the bundled source files for linenoise retain that license
> header,
> the BSD-2 license is satisfied and redistribution is legally permitted.
> However, it is the policy of the ASF that the top level LICENSE file
> summarize
> information about the licensing of bundled dependencies. This provides a
> service to downstream consumers of ASF products -- they can examine the
> top-level LICENSE file instead of having to look through every last source
> file.
> Marvin Humphrey
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Todd Lipcon
Software Engineer, Cloudera

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