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From "Niall Pemberton" <niall.pember...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Sufficient rights for a software grant
Date Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:00:10 GMT
Legal Discuss <legal-discuss@apache.org>

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 7:20 PM, Jukka Zitting <jukka.zitting@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> The PDFBox project is entering Apache through the Incubator, and we're
> expecting the source code to be migrated here. We'll be getting
> software grants from all the key developers, but  there are a lot of
> small contributions made over time by a number of people whom we may
> no longer be able to contact.
>
> The project has always been BSD-licensed and some time ago as a part
> of another license review Ben Litchfield, the original author of
> PDFBox, even managed to contact most or all the contributors for a
> confirmation that their contributions were meant to be BSD-licensed.
> I'm not sure if there's a good paper trail of those confirmations.
>
> Does this mean that Ben and the other key developers have "sufficient
> rights" as mentioned on the software grant form to grant a license to
> all of the PDFBox code to Apache, or do we have to contact all the
> contributors for separate grants?

We (the pdfbox incubator podling) are assuming that the lack of
response to Jukka's question means that software grants from the
primary authors are sufficient:

http://markmail.org/message/3esxkmsel5cm3hoy

Niall

> BR,
>
> Jukka Zitting
>
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