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From Cliff Schmidt <cli...@apache.org>
Subject New copyright header policy
Date Sat, 03 Jun 2006 01:28:45 GMT
During the last ASF Board meeting, a resolution was passed to require  
a different licensing header in source files plus requirements for  
copyright notices.  PMCs are not required to make any changes to past  
releases, but must apply these new rules to all distributions  
released on or after August 1, 2006.

Before I send this out to committers@, I thought I'd start by sending  
it here to collect and answer any FAQ-type questions.  So, here's the  
new policy; hit me with any questions you have.


--- New copyright notice and source header policy ---

   0. The term "third-party work" refers to a work not submitted  
directly to the ASF by the copyright owner or owner's agent.
   1. Do not modify or remove any copyright notices or licenses  
within third-party works.
   2. Do not add the standard Apache License header to the top of any  
third-party source files.
   3. Minor modifications/additions to third-party source files  
should typically be licensed under the same terms as the rest of the  
source for convenience.
   4. Major modifications/additions to third-party should be dealt  
with on a case-by-case basis by the PMC.

   0. This section refers only to works submitted directly to the ASF  
by the copyright owner or owner's agent.
   1. If the source file is submitted with a copyright notice  
included in it, the copyright owner (or owner's agent) must either:
     a. remove such notices, or
     b. move them to the NOTICE file associated with each applicable  
project release, or
     c.  provide written permission for the ASF to make such removal  
or relocation of the notices.
   2. Each source file should include the following license header --  
note that there should be no copyright notice in the header:

            Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
            or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
            distributed with this work for additional information
            regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
            to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
            "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
            with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at


            Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing,
            software distributed under the License is distributed on an
            KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
            specific language governing permissions and limitations
            under the License.

   0. Every Apache distribution should include a NOTICE file in the  
top directory, along with the standard LICENSE file
   1. The top of each NOTICE file should include the following text,  
suitably modified to reflect the product name and year(s) of  
distribution of the current and past versions of the product:

           Apache [PRODUCT_NAME]
           Copyright [yyyy] The Apache Software Foundation

           This product includes software developed at
           The Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org/).

   2. The remainder of the NOTICE file is to be used for required  
third-party notices.  The NOTICE file may also include copyright  
notices moved from source files submitted to the ASF (see B.1.).

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