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From "Javen O'Neal" <one...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Interesting question on SO
Date Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:14:27 GMT
Looks like there is at least one other non-Apache package using the
org.apache.poi namespace. [1]

I would approach this from a friendly direction first.

I'm assuming they needed an o.a.p namespace so they would have access to
protected and package-private methods and variables. The alternative is to
fork POI and elevate the visibility of the classes, functions, and
variables that they need to access. The disadvantage of a forked project is
high overhead to keep it synchronized with the upstream project. This would
be messy if another

I like the idea of reaching out to these developers to see if they're
willing to donate some of their code under ASL 2.0. I'm guessing most of
this would be elevating visibility of private, package-private, and
protected methods, as well as adding some getters and setters. Other
changes would be adding a converters interface that they could implent or
extend.

Obviously we aren't interested in code that cannot be ASL 2.0 licensed,
such as the iTextPdf dependency.

The goal would be to allow these projects to use their own namespace
without needing to maintain a fork of POI.

[1] http://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Corg.apache.poi

On Nov 21, 2016 14:57, "Nick Burch" <apache@gagravarr.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 21 Nov 2016, Murphy, Mark wrote:
>
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/40723370/was-opensagres-
>> allowed-to-use-apache-poi-like-packages
>>
>> Does ASF defend its package names, or do we just ignore these kinds of
>> things and folks use them at their own peril?
>>
>
> I had a quick look at http://apache.org/foundation/marks/ but couldn't
> see anything there about java or maven package names. I have a feeling
> there is something somewhere that I saw a few years ago...
>
> If you have a bit of time, would you mind asking on trademarks@ [1] for
> advice / pointers?
>
> Nick
>
> [1] http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/contact
>
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