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From Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacre...@apache.org>
Subject Re: IP clearance for the Chemistry contribution (Was: svn commit: r765129 [1/5] - in /jackrabbit/sandbox/chemistry: ...)
Date Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:34:06 GMT
On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Felix Meschberger <fmeschbe@gmail.com> wrote:
>> ...On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM, Marcel Reutegger
>> <marcel.reutegger@gmx.net> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> the sources contain a copy right notice in the license header.
>>> wouldn't it be easier to have that in a notice file and instead use
>>> the standard apache license header?...

> Definitely, as soon as the code is part of Jackrabbit (which is the time
> it is stored in the SVN) it belongs to the ASF and nobody but the ASF
> holds the copyright....

That's wrong - as clearly stated in [1], people who donate code to the
ASF can keep the copyright on it, the ASF only requires a copyright
*license*, to allow us to redistribute such code.

Common practice for code copyrighted by someone else than the ASF is
to remove copyright headers from the source files, and use the
NOTICE.txt file to mention such copyrights. See for example the Bouncy
Castle notice in [2].

-Bertrand

[1] http://www.apache.org/licenses/software-grant.txt
[2] http://mirrors.isc.org/pub/apache/geronimo/eclipse/updates/NOTICE.txt

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