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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LEGAL-62) What are the required 3rd party notices that should go in the NOTICE file?
Date Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:23:59 GMT

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Jukka Zitting commented on LEGAL-62:

Disclaimer: IANAL

See the license under which the third-party work is available. There typically is a clause
that mandates any redistribution to include specific copyright notices. The exact wording
is different in each license, but the copyright notices typically follow the form "Copyright
(c) <year(s)> <owner>". See below for some simple examples.

The reason why the NOTICE shouldn't contain much extra text is that our license makes a strict
requirement that any derivative works contain those notices. Including text like "this dependency
is used for X" or "this dependency is licensed under Y" may be troublesome as the derivative
work may well be heavily refactored or relicensed. So, keep the NOTICE file clean and put
any extra explanations to the README or some other similar place.


1) The Apache License version 2.0

    If the Work includes a "NOTICE" text file as part of its distribution, then any Derivative
    that You distribute must include a readable copy of the attribution notices contained
    such NOTICE file, excluding those notices that do not pertain to any part of the Derivative

Include the relevant copyright notices found in the NOTICE file.

2) BSD license:

    Copyright (c) <YEAR>, <OWNER>
    All rights reserved.
    Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of
    and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with
the distribution.

Include the "Copyright (c) <YEAR>, <OWNER>" line. Possibly also the "All rights
reserved." line?

3) The MIT license:

    Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders>
    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
    all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

Include the "Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders>" line.

> What are the required 3rd party notices that should go in the NOTICE file?
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-62
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-62
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: ant elder
> The ASF doc on the NOTICE file states:
> 2. The remainder of the NOTICE file is to be used for required third-party notices. The
NOTICE file may also include copyright notices moved from source files submitted to the ASF.
> See: http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice
> I understand the part about "copyright notices moved from source files" but what are
required third-party notices?
> After participating in many Incubator poddling release reviews I've seen poddlings asked
to do release respins because they've left stuff out and also to respin for including text
that is said shouldn't be included. There doesn't seem to be much common understanding on
what these notices are, and like LEGAL-31 this is a constant point of contention at the Incubator
so it would be really helpful to have some clarification.

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