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From Stefano Bagnara <apa...@bago.org>
Subject Re: Maven repository issues [Was: Creative Commons Attribution License]
Date Thu, 29 May 2008 08:18:14 GMT
Henri Yandell ha scritto:
> On Thu, May 29, 2008 at 12:58 AM, Stefano Bagnara <apache@bago.org> wrote:
>> Craig L Russell ha scritto:
>>> I don't have any problem with depending on a CC licensed artifact, but I'm
>>> troubled by the notion that an artifact would be installed into a Maven
>>> repository by "not the author".
>> I had big issues with the fact that pom.xml in maven repository have no
>> license headers. Our PMC voted down redistributing some of them because of
>> this.
>>
>> It should be enforced that any uploaded pom.xml include a license header to
>> specify the license for the pom itself.
>>
>> Unfortunately most pom.xml in the current repository do not have the license
>> header and we don't even know who hold the copyright for that files, AFAIK.
> 
> Apart from the description of the project, which is usually copied
> from the project website if it's even there, I wonder how much
> copyright there is in a pom.xml. All of the xml tags and attributes
> are a standard enforced by the Maven tool, so that leaves the data in
> between the xml - namely urls, people's names, project name/versions
> and some small level of configuration (ie: numbers and file paths).
> 
> A different world than even a build.xml where basic building blocks
> are used as a set of instructions.
> 
> Hen

An official statement from the ASF that says that we can safely include
pom.xml with no license headers (from the maven central repository or
even any repository) in our redistributable would really help our next
releases (Apache JAMES PMC).
Some of our PMC member are convinced (and I don't have knowledge to say
they are wrong) that even the most simple pom automatically generated by
maven when installing an artifact with no pom (so that it only contains
the artifactId, groupId and version) is copyrightable.

Stefano



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