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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: OSGi CT access
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:52:51 GMT
Shall we move forward on our organizational desire to get out of the NDA business?

When I put the NDA together some years ago, it was based on my view that we as a corporation
needed something tangible with which we could demonstrate that we were taking reasonable steps
to provide oversight over confidential materials that we licensed and were obligated to keep

However, the OSGi CT is different - it doesn't require a formal NDA (AIUI).

That said, I do think it's really valuable to have a "Memorandum of Understanding" or "Agreement
for Licensed Materials" so that people have to acknowledge to us that such materials aren't
open source, or things that can be redistributed at will, but a document without the formal
burdens of confidentiality and liability upon the signer.

For example : 

1) That materials provided are licensed by the ASF for the use by and only by ASF projects.

2) That the recipient will use reasonable care when using such materials (whatever that means).

3) The recipient understands that they are not to be distributed to or used by 3rd parties.

If nothing else, this gives us a solid leg to stand on in the event a person mishandles the


On Jan 19, 2010, at 7:53 PM, Richard S. Hall wrote:

> On 1/19/10 10:11 AM, Kevan Miller wrote:
>> I'd like to confirm the process for gaining access to the OSGi CT.
>> An ASF committer can:
>> * submit an NDA -- http://www.apache.org/jcp/ApacheNDA.pdf
>> * send a request on jcp-open, presumably with an simple explanation of why they would
like access to the CT (e.g. I'm working on the Apache Aries project and would like access
to the OSGi CT).
>> Is that about right?
> Well, unless someone has a reason why not, I suggest we follow the above as the procedure
for getting access to the OSGi CT since it seems as reasonable as any.
> So, go ahead and submit your NDA and I'll send you the CT.
> -> richard

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