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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Draft IP Review Plan for OpenOffice
Date Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:40:25 GMT

On Nov 17, 2011, at 11:16 AM, Rob Weir wrote:

> I've consolidated and summarized the various bits of guidance we've
> received on this list and on legal-discuss, and distill in down into
> relevant guidance for this project.  We don't need to all be experts
> in this, but I think everyone contributing code needs to understand
> the basics of what we may and may not do.  Since I know that not
> everyone has followed all the threads, I think it is worth bringing
> this information together in one place, for easy reference.
> Since this is my interpretation of Apache policy, or even my
> interpretation of someone else's interpretation,  I'd ask you treat
> this as a draft for now.  But please do review, ask questions, and
> point out any information that you believe is incorrect.

Thanks. This is a good reference.

Here's an area where we either already know the answer or need clarification.

We've recently had the subject of language packs with various licenses and copyrights including
category X.  If point 5 of Source Release:

> 5. We may also have a build flag that permits the inclusion of weak copyleft, category-b
licensed modules (e.g., MPL).  When this flag is used, it could trigger the automated download
of such modules.  But this should require an explicit, informed choice from the user.  They
need to know that they are enabling the inclusion of non-Apache modules that have a different

If this statement is rewritten for Binary releases to allow informed installation of a Language
Pack whatever it's host, license and copyright might be - as long as on installation choices
were clearly visible and the user explicitly opts in or out.

This same IP framework could be used for Extensions and Templates - an area in total limbo
with no volunteers active.

These three areas are important to users and users would benefit if the whole "ecosystem"


> Regards,
> -Rob

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