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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject How copyright notices on contributed files should be handled.
Date Thu, 23 Dec 2004 00:36:39 GMT

The below message really should have been sent more widely, it seems. 
The message applies more in the incubator context, where we're getting new 
source code into the ASF in bulk form, but would also apply any time 
you're bringing in new snippets of code under acceptable licenses.  Note 
that if the license on the code you're bringing in doesn't allow for 
inclusion in an ASL 2.0-licensed work (good rule of thumb: it must make no 
demands above and beyond the ASL, so MIT/X/BSD-1.1 is fine; when in any 
doubt, ask) then you must get either a separate acceptable license from 
the copyright holder, or have the copyright holder sign a CLA with the 
ASF.  Note, as described below, *only* the copyright holder has the right 
to remove their own license from the contribution.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 14:03:34 -0500
From: Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.Coar@Golux.Com>
Subject: Reolution of the copyright question

Based upon advice for our counsel, the ASF has today adopted
a policy governing how copyright notices on contributed files
should be handled.

Here's what happens: The following notice gets added to the
top of each source file:

    Copyright [yyyy] The Apache Software Foundation or its licensors, as

    Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
    you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
    You may obtain a copy of the License at

    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
    distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
    WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
    See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
    limitations under the License.

The contributor may

a) remove any copyright notice it may currently have in the file(s); OR
b) move it to a package-wide COPYRIGHT file, changing 'Copyright [yyyy]'
    to 'Portions Copyright [yyyy]'; OR
c) provide permission in writing to the ASF to do one or the other of the

If the contributor doesn't have a copyright notice in the files, that's
fine; nothing needs be done beyond the adding of the section above.
#ken	P-)}

Ken Coar, Sanagendamgagwedweinini  http://Ken.Coar.Org/
Author, developer, opinionist      http://Apache-Server.Com/

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