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From <Bruno.Mell...@nokia.com>
Subject RE: Contributing a mailet
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:44:32 GMT

Could you please tell me whether you are replying as a "representative" of the James project,
or as a fellow contributor that knows the answers?

Also, I did not see anywhere in the James site a list of contributed mailets... kind of strange
considering that mailets are supposed to be the "main purpose" of James.  I probably missed
it.  Can you point me to the right URL?

In reply to your questions:

I'll preface that the mailet I am implementing is not for everyone.  I expect that 10% of
administrators will find it too restrictive, while the rest will probably find it ideal. 

The mailet will reject all email from sources that were not preapproved in a whitelist.  Associated
tools will handle managing of the list and allow new HUMAN senders to request addition to
the list in a manner that is not annoying to the receiving user.


I have read the ASF license and related info (or as much as I could understand), and it seems
acceptable since my primary goal is to end spam once and for all, but I'd like you to clarify
a couple of points:

1. Will I be able to keep credit as the author of the mailet?  If so, how?

2. If this anti-spam measure is as successful as I expect it to be, I fear that the spammers
of the world will try anything to kill it and the Microsofts of the world will try to steal
it.  Because of it I have been sitting on this design for 3 years.  Is it true that the Apache
Software Foundation provides free legal defense for its contributors if they are sued as a
consequence of a contribution?  If it is not, I will not be able to contribute it and will
have to go make it commercial just to make enough money to defend myself.


-----Original Message-----
From: ext Noel J. Bergman [mailto:noel@devtech.com]
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 2:17 PM
To: James Developers List
Subject: RE: Contributing a mailet


> I want to make sure that
>   (a) It will be accepted as a contribution

Can you provide more details on what kind of anti-spam mailet?

> (b) It is fully compliant with the standards

Follow the sample mailets in the source distribution, keep the code clean
and documented.

> (c) It is absolutely 100% public domain and cannot be subverted
> and used for commercial products or its design principles stolen
> and placed in somebody else's patent (so it will probably need
> to be GPL or something even stronger).

This will not be acceptable, and will require us to reject your code.
Please see http://www.apache.org/licenses/.  ASF software projects must be
licensed using the Apache Software License, and can be used for any purpose,
including commercial.  Furthermore, "public domain" and GPL are not

	--- Noel

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