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From "Sam Ruby" <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: Do README files need Apache license headers?
Date Fri, 08 Aug 2008 23:24:25 GMT
On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com> wrote:
> On Aug 8, 2008, at 9:47 AM, Craig L Russell wrote:
>>
>> Anything that has intellectual property content must have the Apache
>> license header.
>
> I don't think we need to be so absolute.  The primary purpose of the
> header is documentation of the fact that the original content within
> the file has been licensed for redistribution, cut-n-paste, etc.
> I often just include a description of the license within the README,
> which serves the same purpose but is talking about the license that
> applies to the package as a whole (including the README).

There is another value that I wouldn't minimize - in a recent
copyright/license issue, it was helpful that I could point to the
overt act where employees of the corporation involved had removed
assertions of ASF copyright.

> ....Roy
>
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