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From Erik Abele <e...@codefaktor.de>
Subject Re: Updating source files to have full ASF license
Date Sun, 02 Mar 2003 16:10:59 GMT
As far as I understand it, the license itself isn't compatible to be 
referenced from another file. It's quite 'direct' and always relates to 
the document it is in. IANAL but I think we would need another phrase in 
the license wich states something like the following:

"This license applies to any original work of authorship
(the "Original Work") whose owner (the "Licensor") has placed the 
following notice immediately following the copyright notice for the 
Original Work:

Licensed under the Apache Software License, Version 2.0"

Then, I think, it would be possible to reference the license via 
something like:

"Copyright (c) 2003 The Apache Software Foundation.  All rights
reserved. Licensed under the Apache Software License, Version 2.0"

But as said before, I'm definitely not a lawyer, so that's just my view 
of the things :) AFAICR, this possibility was planned for the 2.0 
version of the ASF license.


Rich Bowen wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Feb 2003, Noel J. Bergman wrote:
>>Just in case it would be of help to any other project(s), here is a link to
>>a message I posted earlier tonight to james-dev@.  The message mentions the
>>automated process by which I updated every Java file in James to have the
>>full ASF License instead of a short form of the license that had previously
>>referred to the full license contained in the package.
>>The sed script attached to that message might be of some use, although it
>>would need minor text changes depending upon the target project.
> I have often thought it would be very very nice if the source files
> could reference the license, and tell you where to get it, rather than
> including the full text. This hugely increases the size of everything,
> and provides no real benefit. If each file could reference a file
> (included in the distribution) and a URL, surely that would be
> sufficient? What is the rationale for the full text in each and every
> file?

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