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From Danny Angus <Danny_An...@slc.co.uk>
Subject RE: Contributing a mailet
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2004 17:03:33 GMT

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.

Erm well not quite, the ASF protects individuals against action being taken
personally against them by itself being the owner, and licensor of the
software. It is therefore a duty of all commiters to ensure that nothing is
knowingly admitted which would make us vulnerable to legal action. In
practice this is about IP.
By legitimately donating the code to the ASF you are no longer the person
your imagined enemies would want to sue to stop the software from being
distributed! However if your contribution doesn't violate and IP ownership
or Patents then I fail to see how any *reasonable* piece of software could
result in you being pursued.

What exactly is there about your proposal, which in itself doesn't sound
very novel, that makes you think anyone would sue you?


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