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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@gbiv.com>
Subject Re: Clarification of copyright assignments for contributions etc (was Fwd: C++ code contribution(
Date Thu, 06 Jul 2006 02:35:08 GMT
On Jul 5, 2006, at 10:16 AM, Cliff Schmidt wrote:
> On 7/5/06, Stephen McConnell (DPML) <mcconnell@apache.org> wrote:
>> This seems to contradict an earlier post from Roy Fielding
>> posted on this list.
>>
>>   > -----Original Message-----
>>   > From: Roy T. Fielding [mailto:fielding@gbiv.com]
>>   > Sent: Tuesday, 6 June 2006 4:29 AM
>>   > To: Stephen McConnell (DPML)
>>   > Cc: legal-discuss@apache.org
>>   > Subject: Re: New copyright header policy
>>   >
>>   > On Jun 5, 2006, at 11:04 AM, Stephen McConnell ((DPML)) wrote:
>>   > > In addition to the above I would like to know the ASF position
>>   > > concerning potentially new contributions to the ASF  
>> associated to
>>   > > known and reachable contributors via existing copyright
>>   > > assertions who are unwilling to acquiesce to the removal of
>>   > > copyright statements from existing documents.
>>   >
>>   > The law does not allow us to remove or alter the copyright
>>   > notice without the copyright owner's consent.  When new
>>   > contributions are made, the responsible PMC decides whether
>>   > the contribution is in a form that they deem acceptable, and
>>   > either accepts it or rejects it.
>>   >
>>   > ....Roy
>>
>> Is it correct to assume that the board directive mentioned by Bret
>> effectively overrides the potential for a decisions by a PMC
>> (as asserted by Roy) concerning this subject?
>
> I don't think the board should be micromanaging every case for PMCs,
> but if the board notices that a PMC appears to be allowing some
> authors (individuals or companies), but not others, to include their
> copyright notice within source files, there will be concerns from the
> board.  I have no idea what Roy was referring to or if there are other
> exceptions being proposed, but I would assume everyone wants this to
> be applied fairly to all parties.

I was referring to the state of affairs as of last month.  I have no
idea what, if any, resolution was recently passed by the board.  In any
case, if the board decides to mandate a single policy, then the PMC must
obey that policy when it evaluates a contribution.

....Roy


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