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From Jeffrey Thompson <jt...@us.ibm.com>
Subject Re: Licence required in javadoc output?
Date Wed, 19 Jan 2005 14:51:20 GMT






Simon Kitching <skitching@apache.org> wrote on 01/18/2005 08:24:58 PM:

> Hi,

<snip>

> So, given that:
> * Javadoc is not useful as a "stand-alone" product;
> * Javadoc is generated from source files which *do* have complete
> license text within them; and
> * the output documents an API, with APIs not being copyrightable
> is the extra text needed in each generated page, or is the simpler
> statement:
>   Copyright (c) 2001-2004 - Apache Software Foundation
> sufficient?
>

Interesting question.  First, a perspective point.  The copyright notice in
the file is primarily for Apache's benefit.  It puts people on notice that
Apache claims copyright on the material.

On the other hand, the license (though it does have some benefit to Apache)
is primarily for the user's benefit.  Without it, the user has no license
at all.

So, is the user put at a disadvantage in any way because the license isn't
embedded in the JavaDoc?  Wouldn't anyone who understands how JavaDoc works
know exactly how to find out what license is available for that material?
Jeff


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