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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: Advice on a legal aspect of code contribution
Date Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:09:20 GMT

On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 2:29 AM, Alexander Bezzubov <> wrote:
> ...The contribution consists of many files that are going to be part of the
> release:...

As you have 3 categories of source code files in this contribution I
suggest handling all 3 separately, creating a ticket in your issue
tracker for each of them so you keep a trace of how they were handled.

>  1. some are original author's code under Apach2.0...

Unless that author is a committer to your project you'll need an IP
clearance for those as per

>  2. some are files copied from one third-party project - Scala [1],
> distributed under BSD...

For those the recommendations at [5] apply.

Do not change the copyright headers in those files, and ideally put
them all under a common source code folder or module so that LICENSE
can clearly point to them.

(that's assuming it makes sense to copy that source code in your
project as opposed to using it as an external library)

>  3. some are files copied from another third-party project, rscala [2],
> distributed under License: GPL-2 | GPL-3 | BSD_3_clause + file LICENSE...

I have no idea what that license notation means, for those you might
need to ask on specifically, and maybe create
a to keep track of the
clarification of the above notation.

> ... - What is the best practise for Java RAT checks in case of such
> contributions under ASF? Should such files be just added to RAT <ignore>?...

Yes, with comments around that rat config to explain what's going on.

Hope this helps,


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