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From Craig L Russell <Craig.Russ...@Sun.COM>
Subject Apache License 2.0
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2008 22:00:08 GMT
I recently had the opportunity to discuss "The License" with someone  
who had a very different understanding of this part of the license:

You must retain, in the Source form of any Derivative Works that You  
distribute, all copyright, patent, trademark, and attribution notices  
from the Source form of the Work, excluding those notices that do not  
pertain to any part of the Derivative Works; and

He said that in his opinion, as long as The License appeared somewhere  
in the Derivative Work Source distribution, it satisfied the license  
terms. He said that a NOTICE file somewhere in the source distribution  
was sufficient.

I said that to me, the terms mean that the source files themselves,  
not the NOTICE file elsewhere, needed to retain the license. It was ok  
to add other licensing information to each file, but the original  
license notice needed to be retained.

Do we need to rephrase the license terms, to specifically require that  
the license text needs to be retained *in each file* of the Source  
form of the work? Or is the alternative interpretation just fine?


Craig Russell
Architect, Sun Java Enterprise System http://java.sun.com/products/jdo
408 276-5638 mailto:Craig.Russell@sun.com
P.S. A good JDO? O, Gasp!

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