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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: Community Guidelines (was Code of Conduct)
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2007 04:14:10 GMT
Craig L Russell wrote:
> I have a question about this part of the guidelines:
> 
>> Project source code and documentation must be donated to the ASF under a
>> Contributor's License Agreement. 

This just absolutely clarifies the intent of the author, it's the simplest
method of conveying your-code to 'our-code' under clear license.

>> Donated source code and
>> documentation must carry the ASF copyright and be placed under the
>> Apache License. Code and documentation donated to the ASF must be
>> maintained on ASF hardware. Obtaining a non-exclusive ASF copyright on
>> all material in the ASF repository is encouraged.
> 
> I'd like to understand if the requirement is to donate code and
> documentation or to license it to ASF.
> 
> I thought that the requirement was to simply license it to ASF under ASL
> v2.0.

Either

  1. it's really tiny - 8 line patches and so forth, and we accept without
     a CLA (lots of dev@, issues.a.o sorts of input from the community).
  2. it's substantial, and we hope they will help maintain/keep committing,
     and get a CLA from them to reflect both.
  3. it's actually owned by a company or individual who we don't expect to
     commit in the future.

Otherwise it isn't ASF code.  So -if- it is still accepted by the project
(treat this as an external IP import), it comes in with its NOTICE of
copyright, and its LICENSE (ASF or otherwise acceptable license).  Even
as it evolves, it's providence is still from external IP.

It's also not a matter of their licensing it 'to the ASF', as licensing it
under the AL (not ASL ;-) offers that license to the world including the ASF.

Bill

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