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From "Sam Ruby" <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: hadoop commit question
Date Sat, 16 Aug 2008 22:57:14 GMT
On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 2:47 PM, Roland Weber <rolandw@apache.org> wrote:
> Hello Brendan,
>
> If you submit code, it is _your_ responsibility to ensure
> that you are legally entitled to contribute it. The PMC
> or reviewing committers may sometimes spot it if somebody
> used code from other OSS projects, or may become suspicious
> if a newcomer submits huge amounts of complex code. But
> they cannot know or guarantee or take responsibility for
> the origin of the code they receive, beyond the person
> that submits the patch. If it later turns out that you were
> not entitled to contribute the code, the PMC will remove it
> from the Apache product, secretly curse you for it, and move
> on. Most of the legal trouble will stick with you.
>
> Some projects that play in Microsoft's turf take extra
> precautions to avoid even the suspicion of IP leaks.
> Because they couldn't afford a lawsuit, even if they
> are within the bounds of the applicable laws. (I'm
> sure there are other companys where such precautions
> are taken, Microsoft is just a prominent example.)

Harmony is an example of an ASF project that takes extra precautions:

http://harmony.apache.org/contribution_policy.html

To the best of my knowledge, Hadoop is not.

- Sam Ruby

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