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From Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacre...@codeconsult.ch>
Subject Re: Violation of ASF license, how to resolve?
Date Wed, 25 Feb 2004 07:53:02 GMT
Le Mardi, 24 fév 2004, à 16:54 Europe/Zurich, Dirk-Willem van Gulik a 
écrit :
> ...If you need a formal hand - just ask - but in general what we do in 
> these cases is to write a gentle letter; get a dialoge going, point 
> out the license and then help the other party to come into compliance. 
> The key aspect of this is helping and educating...

Certainly. The dialogue is going, with a friendly phone call with 
someone from the company who wrote the software. Totally ok about 

Would the foundation write such a letter, or do you want me to do it? 
If so I'd post the key points here before writing.

>> In addition to fixing the problem in a new release of their software, 
>> my suggestion would be for them to include a visible notice on the 
>> main web page where the software is found, with a link to a page that 
>> explains the situation (and apologies to the ASF?).
> That would be a nice thing to do - and if they feel really really 
> guilty - we are always open for donations, patches, bugfixes or some 
> lovely french translations of doc's - but first I would focus on 
> ensuring that going  forward the issue is resolved; the last thing we 
> want is getting bug-reports about  *their* app from the  tax-payers of 
> CH in our bug tracker :-) due to such a link...

You're right about the link, so maybe we should just ask for a notice 
on their website indicating that ASF software has been redistributed 
without the required licences, and that this will be fixed in the next 

I'd also add a note about contributions and bug fixes in the letter, 
bug this goes more for the company who developed the software than for 
the county who's only distributing it.


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