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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [DISCUSS]: content of the about dialog box
Date Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:54:58 GMT

"All rights reserved" is some legalese hangover, and is a factually incorrect claim that makes
folks nutty.  It is better not to use it at all.

I believe the standard Apache notice suggested by Gianluca is appropriate. There could be
buttons (or links) for accessing the installed copies LICENSE and NOTICE and a few words about
details being there.  Any README about what this is, where it is from, how to find the source,
more-recent information, and details of the release is also worthy.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Gianluca Turconi [] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 00:37
Subject: Re: [DISCUSS]: content of the about dialog box

2011/11/21 Rob Weir <>:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> <> wrote:
>> Rob Weir wrote:
>>> So in total, maybe something like:
>>> =========
>>> Copyright © 2011 Apache Software Foundation. All rights reserved.
[ ... ]

I think it would be better to use the same wording that there will be in
the NOTICE file (according to

Copyright [yyyy] The Apache Software Foundation

*This product includes software developed at
The Apache Software Foundation (*."

In this way Apache wouldn't claim* full rights* (including intellectual
ownership) in the about dialog box that instead is denying in a
hypothetical NOTICE file for specific files.


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