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From Nathan Beyer <ndbe...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Licensing pertaining to what's in SVN vs. what's in distributions
Date Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:34:34 GMT
On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 6:53 PM, Aristedes Maniatis <ari@ish.com.au> wrote:
>
> On 17/04/2009, at 2:06 AM, Ralph Goers wrote:
>
>> I am under the impression that only code that is licensable under the
>> Apache License can reside in our subversion repository.
>
> This will be a real problem for other projects. For example, what about
> Photoshop files which are kept as the layered source material? The images
> end up in the product as png and Apache licensed. But although the creative
> input to create those Photoshop files might be Apache licensed, certainly
> the files cannot be described that way since they contain proprietary Adobe
> bits. But it would be absurd not to put that sort of source material into
> the repository for developers to easily use, update and reference.

I don't think this is a valid comparison. The Adobe bits of a
Photoshop file are syntax, not semantics, which is what is being
discussed. If a particular Photoshop file contained imagery that's not
compliant with ASF legal requirements, then the file should probably
be removed.

-Nathan

>
> Secondly, from a purely practical standpoint, subversion is a complete
> history and not a moment in time. So unless someone is willing to expunge
> the history of svn of every Photoshop file and every mistaken commit of a
> mis-licened file, it is safe to say that the Apache subversion repository
> contains very many non-Apache licensed files and these are available to the
> general public through viewcvs and other tools.
>
> The discussion here sounds more philosophical than legal. What is the legal
> purpose of trying to expunge these non-Apache licensed files from
> subversion?
>
> Ari Maniatis
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