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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Research papers in Apache project SVN?
Date Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:07:04 GMT
2009/6/16 Thilo Goetz <twgoetz@gmx.de>:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
>> 2009/6/16 Thilo Goetz <twgoetz@gmx.de>:
>>> Henri Yandell wrote:
>>>> This doesn't compute:
>>>>
>>>> "We have permission by all the authors to do so"
>>>>
>>>> vs
>>>>
>>>> "Obviously, the content has not been licensed to Apache in any way,
>>>> and the authors retain all rights"
>>>>
>>>> IANAL etc, but I don't see how those two statements can both be true.
>>> Well, I'm not a lawyer either :-)  What I meant was, we have
>>> permission to put these papers up on our website, but the
>>> content is not under an open source license in any way.  So
>>> my understanding is, we're fine to have them on our website.
>>> Question is, is it ok from an Apache viewpoint to have this
>>> kind of content in our SVN?  It's not source code, so the
>>> usual licensing policy does not seem immediately applicable.
>>> Did I make myself clear this time?
>>
>> Who actually owns copyright?
>>
>> I ask becuase research papers are often published in peer reviewed
>> jouirnals that require assignment of copyright and prevent
>> redistribution.
>
> The authors own copyright (at least they did at the time the
> website was put up).  None of the papers were published anywhere
> else as far as I know.

Then why not have them contribute under an ASL license? They still
retain copyright and we have the right to redistribute (which they are
granting anyway).

Ross

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