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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: LICENSE/NOTICE required....
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:12:27 GMT
Daniel Kulp wrote:
> This kind of came up during a vote on the incubator list....
> 
> The current policy for LICENSE/NOTICE stuff as per:
> http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html
> says:
> 
> Every Apache distribution should include a NOTICE file in the top directory, 
> along with the standard LICENSE file.
> 
> My question is: should the "should" in the above line change to a "must"?    
> The response I got was basically that they could stick it elsewhere since the 
> above makes it sound somewhat optional that it's it in the top directory.

They must be present in an obvious location plainly applicable to all
files covered under that combination of LICENSE/NOTICE.  That's your must.

The top level directory should be the most obvious location, but it's
possible that there is a more logical place; think in terms of installed
packages on Linux where licenses, by convention, are dropped into a
well-known location such as /usr/share/doc/{package}/

So we are not suggesting that we can anticipate every possible way to
distribute our source code; simply pointing out what is the most obvious
location 99% of the time.


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